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>> China is cashing in on International Womens' Day. Retailers this week are offering hot discounts on products ranging from running shoes to lipstick, an interesting way to mark a holiday invented by communist Russia. Women now are consumer powerhouses in China. The so called She Economy will be worth around $700 billion by next year.
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But for women's rights activists, this focus on shopping is all wrong, they say China should be talking about the hard issues. I'm Anita Lee in Shanghai. International Women's Day is sometimes called Queen's Day or Goddess Day here. Instead of celebrating women's contributions or pushing for change, in China the message seems to be, it's your day, relax and go shopping.
00:00:48
Men are encouraged to pitch in by buying presents for their partners, or picking up some of the housework. Meanwhile, feminist groups say that instead of going out shopping, women should be fighting sexual harassment. China has its own Me Too movement, but it has faced censorship and warnings from authorities.
00:01:08
At the annual session of parliament in Beijing, officials are touting the progress women have made. Around a quarter of lawmakers this year are female, and that's a record. But one delegate's thoughts on gender equality might raise flags for feminists in other parts of the world.>>
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> Women actually need to work harder than men.
00:01:28
Because even while they're building their careers, they should also be looking after their families, educating their children and caring for their parents.>> And those responsibilities could be taking a toll. One survey showed that women who works spent more time on their families than men, and earn 22% less.