Love affair with the city ending marriages
A record number of women from rural China are filing for divorce. In most cases, their marriages broke down after they migrated to the city in search of work but found love or self-empowerment instead.
Statistics from the people’s court in Songzi city, Hubei province, are typical. They show that three in four of the more than 700 divorce lawsuits filed there in 2014 were initiated by wives, and more than 90 percent of those involved women who had migrated to big cities for work and often husbands who stayed behind in the village.
Shi Renbing, head of the Population Research Institute at Wuhan-based Huazhong University of Science and Technology, said in a report examining the phenomenon that similar patterns were being played out in rural regions of Henan and Sichuan provinces as well.
Sociologists believe the women get new experiences in the cities they move to and economic independence.