Despite gains, gender inequality still a bug for China’s tech world

Depending on who you ask, women both are and aren’t making big strides in China’s tech world.

On the one hand, for years official outlets have held that women make up 55% of entrepreneurs in the vaguely defined field of “internet businesses.” In addition, according to Silicon Valley Bank’s 2018 survey, China again topped the US, the UK, and Canada in terms of tech and healthcare startups with at least one woman as an executive or director.

On the other hand, different surveys have turned up less optimistic numbers. According to a recent press release, recruiting platform BossZhipin found that women hold under 20% of jobs in the high-paying fields of AI and big data. And in a 2017 study by NetEase Cloud and ITJuzi, only 16% of tech entrepreneurs surveyed were women.

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