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Women move up as share of workforce

WOMEN have been increasing in the labor force for the past decade, and an increasing number of females are receiving advanced education in the city, promising them better career prospects, the latest population census shows.

At the end of last year, the city had about 7.5 million females aged between 16 and 54, comprising about 67 percent of the whole female population, up by 4.4 percentage points over 2000, said the Shanghai Statistics Bureau.

Although the working-age percentage was still lower than that of men, the gap narrowed over the past decade. Migrants were a main reason for the shift. From 2000 to last year, more than 2.4 million women from other provinces came to Shanghai for study or work.

Now women are engaged in all of the city's industries, and more women than men are working in the fields of education, public health, social insurance and welfare, said the bureau.

The census results also showed that more women are going to college or receiving higher education - those numbers are up 4 to 8 percentage points over 2000, while those who never went beyond compulsory school dropped by about 6 percentage points.

Officials noted that although there are still fewer women with advanced education than men in the city, the gap has narrowed significantly.


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