Past Event

Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: China from a Global Comparative Perspective

September 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Event Zoom

Please join us for a lecture with:

Rong Zhao, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York

Moderated by: Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work; Director, China Center for Social Policy, Columbia University

How does gender-based discrimination play out in the workplace? What are the overt and covert forms of gender discrimination existing in the Chinese and Western societies? What have been done and what more need to be done to address this profound inequality that has held generations of women back in gaining independence and equal rights? Drawing on economic, sociological, and feminist organizational theories, this talk analyzes: 1) how women have been kept in the low-paying secondary professions and the lower level of organizations; 2) how the discrimination in the workplace is related to the state-led patriarchal society that purposefully restricts women in the domestic world; and 3) what kind of social policies need to be developed and implemented to address this pressing issue. In the end, the speaker will also speak about strategies that individual women may adopt to mitigate the negative influences of gender discrimination on their career development.

Rong Zhao is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York. She earned her doctorate from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2018, and previously studied at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. Dr. Zhao’s research deals with social welfare practice and policy in a global perspective. Her specific research interests include gender inequality in the workplace, human service workforce, gender in relation to nonprofits, volunteering, and service contracting. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, and Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance.

The event will be conducted online via Zoom. Registration is required. Please register at

This event is co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the School of Social Work and the China Center for Social Policy at Columbia University.

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