More and more Chinese women are complaining about the fact that they are openly discriminated while the search for employment – no matter how qualified they are. Many Chinese state enterprises and Ministries adjust almost only men in this autumn. Despite a study and good marks, the women are realizing that they don’t have any prospects for a good job.
Particularly the Ministries and party organizations are bad examples. China’s State Department adjusts almost no women in this year. Neither the office for foreign relations of the communist party of China (CPCH) wants to accept application briefcases of women, neither the public security, otherwise liked because of their good wages. A student, who wanted to apply at the office of CPCH, was particularly rude rejected: “You are much too small! We adjust only women over 1,65Meter.”
It’s a trend, which is being observed in China for years, and which seems to strengthen now by the economic crisis: If women are desired at all in big Chinese enterprises or Ministries, then for bad-paid, simple activities.
Since any discrimination in the office is forbidden by law, sex specific restrictions in published employment offers disappeared some years ago. Now it’s usual to clarify the situation with unambiguous allusions in the job interview, like “It’s better to save the paper instead of using it for the application briefcase.”
Many of his most intelligent female students couldn’t find a work after their studies, complained Rao Zihe, the president of the Nankai university, in an interview with Beijings Ribao. “Sex discrimination is very serious, and this even about the employment of officials.” said the university president. According to an inquiry of the Chinese woman federation from September, 90 per cent of all female students in Peking, Shanghai, Tianjin and Xian feel discriminated in the job market. The unofficial reasons for the refusal of women are, that they get pregnant and spend more time with the children and they’re not as suitable for international missions then men.
Equal chances for women belonged actually to the proudest achievements of Chinese communism under Mao Zedong. Today many women in China are employed and more and more work also in good-paid, modern jobs. But at the same time in the last few years a clear trend was developing back to more sexism and discrimination. The fact that women are seen anyhow just exceptional in leading positions and earn less for the same work than men are achieving, is anyway just as true in China as in most other countries of the earth, too.
Among young women a sarcastic saying popped up: “Better well married than well worked.” Some unemployed women are reconciling to their fate. They stick insinuating pictures into their applications or write into the personal record that they “go gladly drinking in the evening”. Another woman applied recently for an office job with the reference that she made the second place in the beauty competition “Miss Tianjin”.