The constitution in China provides equal rights for men and women. But there is still some way to go.
While they make up more than one-third of the work force, women represent 60 per cent of the unemployed, and about 70 per cent of those in China who are illiterate are female.
But more and more women are trying to change this. Until that happens, their options will remain limited, however,
Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan reports from Beijing in advance of International Women’s Day.