Personal Wealth and Traditional Roles: Women Entrepreneurs in China

Dr Minglu Chen, University of Sydney

22.Apr.2010 09.00 - 10.00
G40, Baines Wing - Leeds


The paper focuses on a special group of contributors to China’s economic reform—women entrepreneurs, examining these women’s accumulation of personal wealth and their continued commitment to certain ‘traditional values’. It illustrates that, while signifying a new degree of participation in the public domain, the increased personal wealth of these women has not freed them from the traditional gendered expectation that women should keep to the private domain. However, the research also shows that wealth has lessened their burden of housework and improved their status in their families.


Dr Minglu Chen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. She researches social changes in contemporary China and is currently working on a project on the evolution of the interaction between the new rich and the state. She is the author of Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People’s Republic of China (London: Routledge, 2009).

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