On December 26th, eight brave young women photographed themselves as they mailed letters of complaint against companies that discriminated against women in the hiring process to governmental human resources organizations. Targeting companies based in Henan and Yunnan Provinces and cities like Beijing, Guangzhou, and Nanjing, the female activists hope to change the work environment that awaits them after college. Since the 1970s, the wage gape between genders has increased, reports the All-China Women’s Federation. Discouraged by the overwhelming amount of jobs marketed only to men, women face limited options and are encouraged to marry for financial security.
The climate for women entering the work force is rough; although jobs in craft and consumer service often seek women, positions offering higher pay are sometimes marketed exclusively to men. Because of the efforts of these women college students, who call themselves “volunteers,” Kunming Union Technology Company in Yunnan has changed its labor-intensive ATM engineering job advertisement to invite female as well as male candidates. Although they initially sought only men, Kunming Daqiang Precious Metals Trading Company has also opened its doors to women when considering general manager applications: “If woman applies, we’d consider her also,” a company member told The New York Times. The volunteers and the Times have also discovered that contrary to popular belief, most of the jobs seeking men don’t involve physical labor. Let’s hope these courageous women help put an end to this unfair treatment of women.
Thanks to The New York Times
Images via The New York Times/ Wang Xiaonan
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