Chinese Women Become Heads of Household

Millions of women have changed rural life in China by becoming the ones in charge on their family’s farms. According to a U.N. report, women produce 50 to 60% of China’s total agricultural output, while only 13% performed the work in the 1930’s. Factors contributing to the “feminization of agriculture” include stronger property rights for women and men’s migration to cities on search of higher-paying jobs. The growing importance of women in agriculture has allowed Chinese women more independence and control over their lives.


Los Angeles Times - July 31, 1997

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