paradigm: Chinese women in
C. Tang, W.T. Au, Y.P. Chung and H.Y. Ngo
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Department of Psychology
Department of Management
Faculty of Education
Gender Research Programme
In the decades since 1970, the status of women relative to men in Hong Kong has undergone rapid change and consequently there have also been important shifts in gender relations (Cheung 1997; Pearson and Leung 1995; Tang et al. 1999; Westwood et al. 1995). This chapter summarises trends in the major indicators of women's status in Hong Kong since the 1970s and draws on various sources that focus on the divergent experiences of women in their quest for equality.These indicators include the demographic structure of Hong Kong, education, work, income, political participation, public perceptions of gender stereotypes, violence against women, and the women's movement. The chapter argues that although Hong Kong women have made considerable progress in the legislative and political arenas, the attitudes and behaviours dominating their day-to-day lives bear witness to the resilience of patriarchal values within the modern polity.