China Needs More Women in Executive Leadership

Gender equity at the executive level is a global issue, but it’s more pronounced—and more perplexing—in China. Chinese women are promoted to the executive level less often than Chinese men and less often than women in other countries.

Based on education and workforce participation, Chinese men and women have similar starting lines. Yet they find themselves on divergent career paths. Compared to men, only a small percentage of women in China reach the executive ranks, and women who become executives often lead functional lines. Very few become CEOs (see Figure 1).

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