“I think the biggest obstacle for women in China’s workforce is marriage and family status. Human Resources would most likely decline a candidate with the status of ‘married but has no kids’ and give preference to those with kids. On the other hand, managers and colleagues might feel a woman with two kids will focus more on family than work. Those with more than one child might be given less opportunity for important projects or promotions. This paradox makes it difficult for women to advance in the workforce. More and more employers hold the concern that if a woman is hired, she might become pregnant and take maternity leave, which is a burden for the company. Many think it is a ‘risk’ to hire women over 30.”
“India is a patriarchal society that is largely governed by religious beliefs and social customs. This continues to be the case even today in most parts, due to the historical notion that men are and always will be capable of more just like their ancestors.
That said, women in India in recent years have collectively raised their voices against various concerns in order to gain more equality, not only in the workplace but also in society. Although it’s an uphill battle that is going to take much time and effort, I believe that the first step to bring about change has been taken, and the hope is that it will only progress from here.”
“Over the past several years, I think women in the United States have realized we haven’t come as far as we thought in terms of equality. There is a broader awareness that more work needs to be done to get closer to equality, especially in the way of paid family leave and equal representation on top boards. In other countries, there are quota systems to make sure equal representation is achieved at the highest levels of government and in boardrooms, but attitudes in the US tend to be against quotas, leaving us in a less equal position compared to much of the developed world.”