Women’s sta­tus ris­ing in Tai­wan, says Pres­i­dent Ma

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou said Satur­day the sta­tus of women has been ris­ing in Tai­wan due to in­creases in women’s higher ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, po­lit­i­cal in­volve­ment and la­bor force par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Ad­dress­ing a cel­e­bra­tion for the 65th an­niver­sary of the Na­tional Women’s League of the R.O.C., Ma said in 2013, 41 per­cent of women in Tai­wan had a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion or higher, more than the 39 per­cent among men. There were 360,000 more higher-ed­u­cated women than men in the 25-44 age group, he noted.

As of the end of 2014, the la­bor force par­tic­i­pa­tion rate of women had reached 50.6 per­cent, he said.

He said the po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion of women has also been ex­pand­ing. At present, 33 per­cent of leg­is­la­tors, 38 per­cent of Ex­am­i­na­tion Yuan mem­bers and 50 per­cent of Con­trol Yuan mem­bers are women, ac­cord­ing to Ma.

Although in­equal­ity in pay be­tween men and women re­mains a prob­lem in Tai­wan, women’s av­er­age salary has now reached 82 per­cent of men’s, he said.

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