Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Women’s participation in China’s workforce has taken a nosedive in the last few decades.Credit: David Guyler, Creative Commons For three decades, China’s embrace of capitalism has transformed the nation, fueling the fortunes of entrepreneurs and lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. And yet one key group has been left behind: women. In the latest indication of this trend, women have been found to be woefully under-represented at state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to a recent study released by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), a Washington-based think tank. The study, which looked at one of the most crucial sectors of the economy, found that women account for just 5 percent of the senior executives at nonfinancial SOEs affiliated with the central government, and just 24 percent of all employees. For those women with senior roles at state firms, more than half served as either the chief accountant or head of discipline inspection, positions that are not traditionally a path to the top. The study sheds light on one of the conundrums of China’s developmentSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.