Great leap nowhere

    Women, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed, hold up half the sky. But not half the Politburo.

    Chinese politics may be the ultimate old boys' club. Of the 25-member Politburo, only two are women. Female membership on the larger Central Committee has actually fallen, from 7.6 percent in 1969 to 4.9 percent today. Just one of 31 provincial governors is a woman.

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