Women’s status rising in Taiwan, says President Ma
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.