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Survey: Jiangsu Women's Income Still Lagging behind Men's
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2012-3-20-
Title: Survey: Jiangsu Women's Income Still Lagging behind Men's
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Source: womenofchina.cn
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Keyword: Jiangsu, women's income, men, survey
 

According to the results of a survey released yesterday by the Jiangsu Women's Federation, women in east China's Jiangsu Province earn less than men though they are also enjoying higher social status than before in terms of education levels, business, and domestic status. The average annual income of urban women is only 61.1% of men's while rural women's average annual income is only 46.4% of men's.

The survey, jointly organized by the Jiangsu Women's Federation, Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Statistics and Jiangsu Working Committee on Children and Women, interviewed 3,375 households and residents aged from 18 to 64 across the province.

The following are the main statistics of the survey results.

Education

The survey shows that the average years of education for Jiangsu women has increased by 1.5 years in the past decade and the education gap between women and men has been reduced by 0.4 years.

Employment and Income

Jiangsu women have made great strides in employment and entrepreneurship, with 77.2% of women aged from 18 to 55 being gainfully employed. However, statistics show that women's income still lags behind men's, with the average annual income of urban women being only 61.1% of men's while rural women's average annual income is only 46.4% of men's.

Domestic Status 

The survey results also show that 88.3% of women feel satisfied with their domestic status, with 91.3% of women free to make their own decisions to study or work, an increase of 15% over ten years ago. Women and men carry equal weight in household decisions, with 41% of women owning housing property and 74.4% of men owning property including jointly registered properties.

Housework Division

When it comes to division of housework, approximately 70% of women shoulder the burden of all or most of the housework including making meals, washing clothes, cleaning the house and looking after children. In contrast, less than 15% of men shoulder the burden of housework.

Social Status 

According to the survey results, 58.3% of surveyed people think that men should focus on social affairs and women should focus on family matters. Almost 40% of people think that it is more important for women to marry good husbands than to have good careers.

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