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HK Wives Have Most Equal Familial Rights
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2011-7-12-
Title: HK Wives Have Most Equal Familial Rights
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Source: womenofchina.cn
Release Date: July 11, 2011
Keyword: HK, equal familial rights, wife
 

Hong Kong women have more equal familial status than do women in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China's Mainland, Jian Wenyin, head of the Research Center of Taiwan United Daily News and sociology professor at Taiwan University, said on July 9 in his research report titled "Women's Family Status: A Comparison of the Family Power Structure in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China's Mainland" at the Ninth National Family Issues Symposium in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province.

Jian Wenyin said in his report that the less housework a wife does and the more influence she has on family decisions denote a relatively higher familial status. Women in Hong Kong are usually responsible for daily expenses and child-related matters and also take responsibility equal to their husbands for major family decisions, conventional practices and professional decisions.

Jian's report shows that Taiwan women have the lowest family status among women in this group, and that they face more pressure with regards to child bearing and living with parents-in-law. Even though husbands in Shanghai household still rule the roost, conditions for women in Taiwan are worse. Married women in Taiwan have responsibilities relatively equal to their husbands on daily expenses and child-related matters, but Taiwan husbands retain the upper hand on major economic decisions, conventional practices and professional choices, Jian said. She added that Taiwan women have relatively low influence on their partners' careers, and seldom have a free choice of profession.

This is in contrast to Shanghai, where married women take responsibility equal to their husbands for daily expenses, traditional practices and child-related matters and where Shanghai men often contribute to housework, although women generally do the lion's share.

Taiwan scholars regard whether or not women dare to say "no" to long-held conventions, such as living with parents-in-law, ways of supporting their parents-in-law and whether or not to have children are the best indicators of the familial status of women. Scholars in Hong Kong and China's Mainland, on the other hand, regard whether or not women can choose their own career paths and influence their husbands' choice of career as the most reliable indicators, according to Jian's report.

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