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Women gain but still lag in job force

THE pay gap between women and men in Shanghai has narrowed significantly but the job status of women still needs to be improved, city government officials said yesterday.

Earnings for women rose from 65 percent of men's earnings in 2005 to 83 percent in 2010. Among all unemployed people, the proportion who are women decreased about 9 percentage points to 36 percent in the same period.

"Local women's development level is close to that in moderately developed countries," said Zhang Lili, president of Shanghai Women's Federation.

Some 52 percent of local college students (excluding postgraduates) are women, who have an edge over men in the job market. Nearly 96 percent of women graduates landed a job or went on to graduate school last year.

However, female employees are still more likely to face "bamboo ceilings" in their companies. Women account for about 32 percent of the city's senior-level professionals and 39 percent of the city's professional workers.


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