Half the Sky
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Cherlyn Skromme Granrose
Introduction: Chinese Women with Different Government Systems
Introduction: Chinese women with diﬀerent government systems Cherlyn Skromme Granrose Government policies related to taxation, health, reproduction, welfare, childcare, educational access and non-discrimination in employment aﬀect women’s employment directly and indirectly. Policies and laws vary widely in Chinese societies from the egalitarian, socialist provisions of Singapore and Taiwan, to the laissez-faire policy the British advocated for the Hong Kong government. In each of the following chapters we can see the inﬂuence on women’s employment of some common cultural traditions. We can also begin to discover how these traditions are enacted as they have been inﬂuenced by Chinese cultural history and economic diﬀerences from 500 BCE to the political events of the twenty-ﬁrst century. This volume contains chapters which describe the status of government policies and the status of employed women in diﬀerent Chinese nationstates at the beginning of the twenty-ﬁrst century. In addition to a chapter on Singapore, we include the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (the Republic of China) as separate chapters, even though they are currently considered by some to be a single nation, because each of these entities has a distinctive history as well as diﬀerent legal and economic systems that provide diﬀerent options and constraints for women who work for pay outside the domestic sphere. The volume concentrates on paid work for women and includes discussion of workers in high government and management positions as well as those working in diﬃcult factory...