Women are playing an increasingly important role in society today. With the changes in their social role, women's position in the family has been improved as well. In spite of these changes, the liberation of women has not been completely realised. What is your opinion on women's role in the modem1
More Rights for Women
Throughout history, women have always aimed for a recognised place in society. China is no exception. From the age of foot binding2 to modernization3 today, the role and rights of women have undergone a drastic transformation4. In my opinion, women should be treated equally and given more rights.
Firstly, women have equality in education, marriage, rights, and freedom by law. On founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Communist Party of China declared that women shall enjoy equal rights with men in political, economic, cultural, educational and social life. Historically, women have always been considered as inferior creatures both intellectually and physically5 to men. There has always been a stereotype6 that "a woman's place is in the home. Expected to be caregivers, women generally have had fewer legal rights and career opportunities than men. Since it is written in law, women's rights and interests should be protected and gender7 equality should be guaranteed. Secondly8, given the great contributions women are making to society, women's role should be given full play. In China, women account for more than 60 percent of the rural lab our force and are a major force in farming activities, Furthermore, women's role in educating their children and supporting the whole family is also vital to maintain a well-balanced society.
To conclude, though China may have taken great leaps forward in official statutes9 and public pronouncements concerning women, nonetheless, in practice, backed by centuries of history and tradition, the old ways die hard. Therefore, more efforts to promote women's equal rights need to be made. (260 words)
1.In a well-balanced society, where the family performs all its proper functions, the home is a society in microcosm, presenting all the problems of human relations, all the variety of human activities. The home is at once an economic and industrial centre, preparing goods for family use; a school m which the young are introduced to the universe; a sanctuary10
for rest and relaxation11
. It is woman's function to organize and direct this complex undertaking12
, a role which demands intelligence, talents and spiritual qualities of a high order.
2.One of the greatest of woman's responsibilities is her task as educator, transmitting the fundamental heritage of civilization, the traditions of culture and religion, to the new generation. The child receives his first introduction to civilization from his mother. The first formation of his mind and character belongs almost entirely13
to her. She gives the child his first concepts of reality, his basic acquaintance with his mother tongue.