In my mother's mind, it's better to be miserably divorced with a child than to be all alone.
The government-sponsored All-China Women's Federation urged women to stop pursuing advanced degrees, warning them they could end up like "old, yellowed pearls."
You hear a snide comment about a person, usually aimed toward age or income, and the next thing you know, these parents are fighting.
"There's a consistent theme among the messages the government sends out: Women need to stop pursuing their careers so aggressively and shift their focus into finding a husband," Hong Fincher said. "It's a scaremongering campaign that influences the parents — and the rest of society — even if the women themselves are not buoyed." "I'm really against the notion that 'leftover women' are a group of patients that need special attention and care from the rest of society," said Sandra Bao, a fashion editor and S Club co-founder. Bao said that the majority of her friends who married just for the sake of escaping singledom have warned her to think it through, citing infidelity, spousal disputes over child-rearing duties, and problems with their mothers-in-law.