Major Papers


gender, gender equity, Chinese traditional values, Chinese Feminism, educational expectation


Chinese women who pursue professional careers must secure degrees in higher education and often require graduate degrees; however, in China, women are expected to be married and have begun a family by their mid-twenties. While, it is also a prime time for women to pursue their education and career advancement. Thus, Chinese women’s familial expectations and academic goals often come into conflict. The phenomenon of young people being pushed to marry is more common among women. Some people believe that a woman who does not marry at this age has failed to conform to social expectations and may be undesirable. However, in recent years, more and more young women are refusing to marry because of age rather than love. The purpose of this article is to understand the views on marriage and career of contemporary Chinese women aged 22 to 27.

Primary Advisor

Christopher. Greig

Program Reader

Lindsay. Jaber

Degree Name

Master of Education



Document Type

Major Research Paper

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