Unfortunately for China’s women their new-found confidence has incited a backlash from men, the government and even their own families.The popular Chinese label (leftover women), regularly perpetuated in state-controlled media and on internet message boards, refers to women who are smart, successful and moneyed but still not married by the age of 28.Her research suggests that it’s the constant pestering from families that is causing successful women in their late twenties to make major sacrifices.
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I’ve met women who actually quit their jobs because they thought they’d find it easier to attract a husband, which is very frightening. There are many countries where men don’t like strong women,’ she points out, 'but Chinese men particularly so.
Those who didn’t give up work entirely were turning down promotions.’ The author and social commentator Zhang Lijia knows exactly what she thinks about the term . If a Chinese man is successful he will be looking for a woman who is young and beautiful, not someone who is well educated.’ She pauses before laughing heartily.
'The Chinese family is getting smaller and smaller and so the pressure on young women today is huge,’ says the social historian Simon Gjeroe.
'There’s a very large older population in China that by sheer weight of numbers is winning the pressure war.
China’s 'leftover women’ are considered on the shelf if they're still single at 28 In case you hadn’t noticed, Chinese women have become quite a force to be reckoned with in recent years.