A total of 106 women have been elected leaders at sub-provincial level or higher before the upcoming opening of the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (also known as the "two sessions").
Noticeably, Beijing tops the list for the proportion of women governors and women NPC deputies and CPPCC members.
Twelve women will serve as provincial leaders, which doubles the number from last year.
Six will be chairpersons of provincial committees of CPPCC, and the other six will take positions as governors of the provincial governments or directors of the provincial people's congresses.
Some 70 percent of the 94 female sub-provincial leaders are younger than 60. The youngest among them is Luo Mei, serving as the vice president of the government of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region at the age of 49.
In particular, 22 of these 106 female leaders are former local women's federations officials, and seven have worked as presidents of women's federations.
In general, women federations at all levels foster female leadership to serve the central government, say officials.
(Source: Clady.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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