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Special Feature. Chinese Women: Becoming Half the Sky?

Being a Woman in China Today: A demography of gender

Isabelle Attané
Translated by Elizabeth Guill
p. 5-15


The aim of this article is on the one hand, to draw up a socio-demographic inventory of the situation of Chinese women in the prevailing early twenty-first century context of demographic, economic, and social transition, and on the other hand, to draw attention to the paradoxical effects of these transitions whilst taking into account the diversity of the realities women are experiencing. In conclusion, it raises the possibility of changes in gender relationships in China, where there are, and will continue to be, fewer women than men, particularly in adulthood.

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Bibliographical reference

Isabelle Attané, « Being a Woman in China Today: A demography of gender », China Perspectives, 2012/4 | 2012, 5-15.

Electronic reference

Isabelle Attané, « Being a Woman in China Today: A demography of gender », China Perspectives [Online], 2012/4 | 2012, Online since 01 December 2012, connection on 26 January 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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About the author

Isabelle Attané

Demographer and sinologist at the Institut national d’études démographiques (National Institute of Demographic Studies) and habilitated to supervise graduate research (HDR).
INED, 133, boulevard Davout, 75980 Paris Cedex 20, France (

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