China's Leftover Women: Late Marriage Among Professional Women and its Consequences

TitleChina's Leftover Women: Late Marriage Among Professional Women and its Consequences
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsTo, Sandy
PublisherRoutledge
CityNew York
KeywordsChina, gender, leftover women, marriage, professional women, sheng nu, unmarried
Abstract

The term "sheng nu" ("leftover women") has been recently coined in China to describe the increasing number of women, especially highly educated professional women in their late twenties and over who have not married. This book explores this phenomenon, reporting on extensive research among "leftover women", research which reveals that the majority of women are keen to get married, contrary to the notion that traditional marriage has lost its appeal among the new generations of economically independent women. The book explains the reasons behind these women’s failures to get married, discusses the consequences for the future make-up of China’s population at the dawn of its modification of the one child policy, and compares the situation in China with that in other countries. The book provides practical solutions for educated women’s courtship dilemmas, and long term solutions for China’s partnering issues, gender relations, and marriage formation. The book also relates the ‘leftover women’ problem to theories of family, mate selection, feminism, and individualization.