Chinese Women Most Enterprising, US Statistics Reveal

July 14, 2017
Editor: Alice Shang

China's total labor force and participation rate both rank first across the globe, according to research by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Labor force participation rate is defined as the proportion of the population aged 16 or over that is economically active, namely all people who supplied labor for the production of goods and services during a specific period. 

China's labor force participation rate has been sitting at around 76 percent, comparing to 65 percent in the U.S. and 58 percent in Japan.

In terms of gender, the rate of employed Chinese men reached 90 percent, level with India, Brazil and the Philippines.

Roughly 70 percent of Chinese women have joined the workforce market.

In developed countries, taking the U.S. and France as examples, the respective figure is 58 percent and 50 percent.

The annually-published Hurun Rich List unveiled a list of prominent rags-to-riches women across the world earlier this year, including 88 wealthy females from 12 countries.

Chinese women took 56 places, ranking top with a share of 64 percent.

Research from the Centre for Work-Life Policy (CWLP), a think tank in New York, revealed that Chinese women's desire to make progress is second to none across the globe.

Nearly 76 percent of Chinese women hope to undertake top positions, compared with the figure of 52 percent in the U.S.

A report from Global Times, a Chinese newspaper, shares reasons why Chinese women are so capable.

First, Chinese women have strong desires to be independent.

Women in China are also fully aware of the importance of financial independence, and thus they are more active in the workforce market, said commentators.

Second, Chinese women are good at dealing with complex relations.

Thirdly, the proportion of well-educated women in China is high.

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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