Is Gender Equality at Chinese Colleges a Sham?

Publisher Sixth Tone
Author Xu Duoduo
Summary Since 1999 when China expanded university admissions, the proportion of women in China’s higher education institutions has grown, exceeding that of their male counterparts by 2009. However, gender gaps continue to persist in Chinese higher education. While more than half of male students take STEM subjects, women tend to choose humanities majors, and they make up less than 30 percent of STEM students. Institutionalized gender norms play a key role in this imbalance alongside traditional gender roles dictating that men should be breadwinners and women should handle domestic affairs.
Excerpt  “Liberal arts students tend to be women from well-off families, while STEM students are more likely to be men from poorer households”
Publish Date April 5, 2018
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