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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

14 - More Chinese Women Are Needed to Hold Up Half the Computing Sky

from Part IV - Cultural Perspectives from Asia-Pacific


Since Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms starting in 1978, the Chinese government has continuously improved the basic laws and regulations that guarantee women’s economic rights and employment rights. Chinese women can participate equally in economic development, and enjoy the fruits of reform and development on an equal footing with men. In China (Aaltio and Huang, 2007), working women now account for 47.0% of the total labor force, higher than the world average of 40.8%. However, in the computing industry, the proportion of female practitioners in China is about 7% (Proginn and Juejin, 2017; Proginn, 2018), significantly lower than 17% in United States (Elizabeth, 2017). The problem of the small proportion of Chinese computing female practitioners should be remedied.