China´s three-child policy – level 3

21-07-2021 07:00

China´s three-child policy is putting more pressure on working women, as the country cannot afford to have more women dropping out of the workforce.

With 61% of working women, China has one of the highest labor force participation rates for women in all of Asia; however, the number´s been decreasing since the 1990s. China began to undo the one-child policy to allow couples to have three children as part of and an increasingly desperate effort to reverse falling birthrates. The three-child policy is a huge blow for working women, as companies already discriminate against women who have two children, and now, they are going to discriminate against women even more.

China´s tech industry has become a notoriously unfriendly place for working mothers, as companies force workers to work excessively long hours. Besides this, employers don´t want to pay for maternity leave. By law, women in China can get at least 98 days of leave with full pay; however, the benefit´s only partially paid by the government.

Difficult words: reverse (to change the direction, position, or result of something to its opposite), discriminate (to treat someone unfairly because of their sex, age, race, or disability), blow (a hit, a bad surprise), notorious (well-known for some bad quality).

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