Challenges of Chinese Women Culture

chinese women culture

The Chinese culture is unique due to its rich history and various ethnic backgrounds. It has also adapted well to changing times and circumstances. As China has adopted the open policy and reforms, the autonomy and independence of the female population have also been greatly enhanced. There are still so many female leaders in the field of economics, politics and culture, and this trend does not vary compared to that of the more developed countries in a global perspective.

An Overview

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The Chinese culture has always emphasized family values. Many families traditionally had no men in them and the women were the primary bread earners of the family. This practice has been modified to some extent but overall the Chinese culture still believes in this. The main role of women in this society is still considered as that of wife and mother, thus these women are trained in many ways to be the good wives and mothers that they should be. They should be worthy of their husbands’ love and devotion.

This is seen in the Chinese culture where many women are successful in the workplace. Their success does not depend on the quota of men in their lives, but rather on their own individual qualities. Women in rural areas are now becoming ambitious and successful. This is because the Chinese government has promoted education, especially of women and made them take up higher jobs. Also, the traditional gender roles have been changed and women are allowed to express themselves more openly in the workplace, with more opportunities for career advancement and more job security.

Important Tips To Consider

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This has lead to the conclusion that there are still gender gaps in China. Although the ratio of women to men is increasing, there are still several problems between the two genders. On the one hand, there are still many unacceptable social roles for women. Men are supposed to be the bread earners of the family, while women are supposed to stay home to take care of the family, cook and look after their children. Also, some traditional gender roles are not yet scrapped, like being the only homemaker in a working family.

This results in some women feeling inferiority complex and even unwilling to enter into a professional career. On the other hand, there are still several traditional roles for women in the Chinese society that serve as an inspiration for contemporary Chinese women. Some women choose to be homemakers, while others want to join the workforce.

Traditional Concepts

Today, women are also more assertive and self-confident in coming out of their shells and challenging the boundaries of traditional Chinese society. However, they still remain traditional second class citizens. They are still bound by the various rules and regulations that are imposed on them by their husbands and fathers. They are not allowed to freely decide on anything regarding their personal life or their relationship with their husband or partner.

One of the many challenges that women in China face is the traditional gender roles that are associated with them. For instance, it is very usual for a woman to be subservient to her husband and father. It is common for Chinese women to feel inferiority complex and feel that they need to be saved from their harsh, traditional environment. On the contrary, Chinese women have always rebelled against these gender roles and established their own individuality.


The Chinese culture is still evolving and changing, but it will never disappear. There are already traces of this old culture still present in contemporary Chinese society. Chinese men still find it easy to attract and retain the attention of Chinese women, especially if they adhere to the rules and regulations of traditional Chinese culture. This has resulted to the increasing number of marriages that are conducted between Chinese men and women from different regions of China.

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