Plans encourage moms to return to their jobs

In order to increase mothers’ aspirations of achieving a better living, experts urged for more pragmatic and humane methods to support mothers’ employment through enhancing public childcare facilities, setting up skill-training programs, and doing away with job discrimination. At the current two sessions of China’s annual political meeting, Wu Haiying, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a former vice-president of the All-China Women’s Federation, made a proposal that addressed the employment issues faced by full-time mothers.


In the suggestion, she stated that discrimination, an unfavorable work environment, and the rising expense of hiring babysitters were the main reasons why many women choose to become stay-at-home mothers. In recent years, more educated women from elite cities like Beijing and Shanghai have returned home to raise their children as stay-at-home moms. Because they are spending less time in the outside world, stay-at-home moms are beginning to doubt who they are and worry about how they will grow in the future. In four first-tier cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in Guangdong province), the federation’s women’s studies institute conducted a survey on stay-at-home mothers under 40. Of those surveyed, roughly 47.1% said they did not feel worthy of their status as stay-at-home mothers.


Due to the pause in their jobs, roughly 58.6% of them had anxiety about their financial state and their standing in the family. The study was conducted from September to November, however it was not stated how many mothers participated. According to the survey, 82.7 percent of mothers said they planned to get a career, either a flexible or steady full-time position. However, their long-term social disengagement and declining work abilities may make them fearful and anxious when they want to reenter the workforce, and age discrimination in hiring practices may further complicate matters, according to the report.

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