Author Ian Johnson recently published Sparks: China’s Underground Historians and their Battle for the Future, and discusses the dominance of women as underground historians with Jeffrey Wasserstrom at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Women are relative outsiders in China’s power structures which puts them in a good position to document the country’s history, he says.
While fixing the dropping birth rate in China might be challenging, improving the current position of single mothers should be a no-brainer, says author Zhang Lijia in the South China Morning Post. Some provinces have started to deal with the Sishengzi, or “secretly born child”, as a growing number of women do not want to marry, but still want to have a child, she writes.
The number of self-made women billionaires has increased, especially in China, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chief researcher of the Hurun Report, who released earlier in March the 2022 Rich List, according to Money Control. “There are historical, political, social, and economic dynamics at play here,” he says.
China’s authorities first raised the number of allowed children from two to three per family, and might now even cancel all restrictions. Journalist Zhang Lijia, author of Lotus: A Novel(January 2017) on prostitution in China, looks at the troubled relationship between feminism and motherhood in her mother country, in an interview with the Italian publication Il Manifesto.
China’s new three-child policy has received a lackluster reception among its population. Author Zhang Lijia offers a few tips for the government to make its policy attractive for women: offer financial incentives, significantly expand its childcare capacity, and promote women-friendly policies and equality, she writes in the South China Morning Post.
Two-thirds of the world’s richest women come from China, says the latest Hurun Rich List report. “If we want to understand the global women entrepreneurship, we have to start from China. China has been home to more than two-thirds of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs in the past decade,” said Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief research officer of Hurun Global Rich List in the state-owned Global Times.
China’s internet censors have been cracking down on feminist groups because they are considered by the government to be extremist by opposing traditional marriage. A wrong signal, says author Zhang Lijia in the South China Morning Post, and it will certainly not help the country in solving its demographic problems.