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In January 2016 I travelled to Shanghai, China to make a short documentary on the notion of The Leftover Women. When I initially heard of the term, The Leftover Women, I thought it was a joke. I had assumed it was a term reserved for clickbait articles that had been over-sensationalised by the internet; but when I got to China I discovered just how incorrect I had been. The term, The Leftover Women, was introduced by the Chinese Government and media as a solution to try and solve China’s ‘unmarried crisis’ which developed as a result of the gender imbalance created by China’s one child policy which ran from 1979 to 2015. The term applies to educated, professional women in their late twenties who are still single and is used as a way to try and shame these women into getting married and having children as early as possible.
The male to female gender imbalance is seen as a threat to social stability as the government is afraid that these unmarried men will be restless and cause all kinds of trouble. The government’s idea is to push educated women to marry so that they can reduce this portion of surplus men.