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Women Fill 8.8% of China’s Top Body as Xi’s Patriarchy Rolls On

  • Only woman on Politburo falls off list, due to retirement
  • Gender gap represents broader social issues in Chinese society
Delegates raise their hands as they vote during the closing session of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. 

Delegates raise their hands as they vote during the closing session of the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. 

Source: Bloomberg

Women represent just 8.8% of the Communist Party’s new top leadership body, failing to make any progress in cracking the entrenched patriarchy running the world’s second-largest economy.

Female cadres clinched 11 of the 205 Central Committee seats unveiled Saturday at the close of a major congress in Beijing, which brought President Xi Jinping a step closer to a precedent-defying third term in office.