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A woman's dilemma [China]

While the 10th National Women's Congress revealed a cheering 45 percent of China's employed population is female, many women still face discrimination…Employers are reluctant to hire young women largely because they might later demand paid maternity leave and because employers are also required to shoulder some birth-related medical fees, said Xia Yinlan, an expert on marriage and family-related laws…A survey by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security conducted across 62 cities last year concluded that 67 percent of employers make explicit unfavorable requirements against women in their job descriptions or prohibit pregnancy during the contract term, and 80 percent of women graduates have encountered gender discrimination in finding a job…At present, 60 percent of companies have participated in China's birth insurance scheme for paying employers' birth-related medical fees.