8% of Taiwanese women do not return to work after parental leave, data shows

Those returning worry about wage gap, glass ceiling, lack of support from coworkers

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/06
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Mother's Day nears in Taiwan, a local women's group is pointing out that discrimination against working mothers is still very real, with 8 percent of women in the country not returning to their jobs after parental leave.

According to a recent poll, the main reason for Taiwanese women remaining out of the workforce after giving birth is that their jobs have often been taken by the time they are ready to return.

Taiwan is doing better with gender equality in the workplace than other Asian nations, but the Garden of Hope Foundation drew attention on Wednesday (May 6) to the reality that the gender wage gap and glass ceiling, however improved, still remain serous issues in the country.

Women in Taiwan tend to take primary responsibility for childcare; up to 83 percent of those who took parental leave in 2018 were women.    [FULL  STORY]

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