Not once since the Communists came to power in 1949 has a woman sat on the party’s highest body, the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee now led by President Xi Jinping.
So as Beijing’s sultry summer deepens, Guo Jianmei and a group of fellow lawyers and feminists are rushing to complete a document urging the Communist Party to promote more women to leadership positions.
Twice in the past, she and others have appealed to the National People’s Congress, China’s Parliament, but this is their first approach to the supremely powerful party.
The second female Politburo member, Liu Yandong, also an exception at 71, is expected to retire this fall, Mr.
The road to power, controlled by the Communist Party, is more difficult for women on an even more fundamental level, statistics suggest.