Taiwan's women have made progress in getting high-level political and business posts over the past 10 years, but their level of empowerment still lags behind that seen in the West, according to a Ministry of Labor report issued Monday.
President Tsai Ing-wen is one of the best examples of the growing number of capable women shining in the political arena and workplace in Taiwan, the ministry said.
The report on the political and economic participation of Taiwanese women said that of the 387,000 people in Taiwan working as elected officials, corporate executives and managers in 2015, 25.3 percent were women, up 9 percentage points from 16.3 percent in 2005.
That was still well below the United States, which had the highest rate of women working as elected officials, corporate executives and managers in 2015 at 43.6 percent, and Sweden at 39.5 percent.
But Taiwan's ratio was higher than that of many other Asian countries, including Japan, where women accounted for only 12.5 percent of all elected officials, corporate executives and managers, and South Korea (10.5 percent).
Among other findings in the report, females accounted for 53.1 percent of Taiwan's 1.37 million professionals in 2015, 1.8 percentage points higher than in 2005.
They also accounted for 49.2 percent of the 2.02 million people working as technicians and professional assistants, up from 41.4 percent in 2005.
To gauge the influence of women on decision-making in the industrial and business sectors, the ministry examined the percentage of women in senior executive positions throughout Taiwan in 2015.
They made up 46.9 percent of farmers associations executives, 30.3 percent of labor union board directors and supervisors, 36.6 percent of small and medium-sized enterprise CEOs, and 12.6 percent of the chairpersons at companies listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange and the over-the-counter market, the ministry found.
Source: Focus Taiwan