Trends – Great Change
Women in China were not impacted greatly until around 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was formed and full equality was implemented. Dr. Hong Liu who began her higher education in 1996 in China was fortunate enough to benefit from all of the women before her who fought for equality and rights for women to enjoy such things as education.
According to UNICEF, consensus taken in 2010 showed that the literacy rate for female youth, between the ages of 15-24, was at 99 percent. Another considerable statistic is the enrollment percentage of women in primary school, which is at 99 percent as well. These are remarkable results considering that before 1949, according to Dennis Morgan the illiteracy rate was over 80 percent, meaning less then 20 percent were able to read and write. Only after about half a century, China as made amazing strides, to not only set precedence on education and literacy but setting it for both men and women.
Dr. Hong Liu may have never had the opportunities she embarks on today if it weren’t for the events that happened. She not only is a women from China who has completed a remarkable amount of higher education, but is also doing so in generally male dominated industry.