During the past two decades, women workers in China have suffered hardship and discrimination due to China's new economic policies and changing labor laws. Since 1978, China has opened its doors to a program of economic reform that emphasizes market forces, efficiency, reorganization of state-run enterprise, and privatization. The global marketplace and the free market system have had a dual effect on women in China. The opening of the market has created new job opportunities for both men and women.Chinese women have been increasingly able to engage in economic development, but private enterprises and foreign-owned enterprises exploit women by circumventing labor protections.

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