BIZ in GRAPHICS | Chinese women’s unique contribution to the country’s tech ecosystem

Country/area: China

Organisation: KrASIA

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 16 Mar 2020

Credit: Julianna Wu

Project description:

From a female e-commerce vendor, to a single mother who support the family by being a ride-hailing driver, upon International Women’s day in 2020, KrASIA took a special approach to look at the country’s women in business, detailing how this extraordinary force has contributed to the country’s economy in the most irreplaceable and unique way.

Impact reached:

In recent years, there has been more and more social awareness of the social issues and challenges the Chinese women faces as a group. This long infographic points out and reminds the public of women’s contribution to business and technology, which are fields that previously known to be dominant by men.

The story is among the most-read articles on KrASIA.com in 2020.

Techniques/technologies used:

Data and numbers gathered through research.

Infographic done by Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

What was the hardest part of this project?

1. Unlike women in the family or in society in general, it was not easy to find reliable data sources for businesswomen in China. We had to rely on the reports published by big technology companies like e-commerce giant Alibaba, ride-hailing operator Didi, or Airbnb to get a glimpse of how Chinese women have been taking their responsibilities in money-making in both household and society;

2. It was also not easy to sort out a clear storyline through the fragmented data we gathered. In the end, we divided the information into two parts: women in labor force, as well as women in leadership

What can others learn from this project?

The first is the unique approach to a board topic. While the rest of the world is talking about social issues like the gender pay gap, domestic violence upon International Women’s Day, it is also important to pay attention to women’s appearance in business, for that not only shows how independent women are devoting into their career to support their families financially, it also reveals the society’s inclusiveness for women in many decision-making positions.

The second is the ability for journalists to come up with the right story angle that connects the dots together and make sense of what seems to be irrelevant information and data. Blue-collar female worker in the factory, female Airbnb host, female corporate CEO may never cross the paths with each other, but they all belong to the unique force of women in business, which forge our family and country.

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