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Single Working Women In Hong Kong: A Case Of Normal Deviance?

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Hong Kong women are marrying later, and the number of never-married women has been steadily increasing. This chapter examines who some of these single women are by drawing heavily on interviews conducted with nineteen informants in full-time employment. In Hong Kong, women who postpone marriage because of educational and professional involvement are told that they face a bleak future. Single women who are well educated and earn relatively higher incomes are warned that because of the declining number of males in the local population they may not be able to find partners in the near future. Despite their rising numbers, single working women have largely been rather silent. As financially independent women, they go about their lives quietly achieving what they need to achieve, and hence are "below the radar". The chapter aims to give them a voice and to present their perspectives on work, marriage and family.

Keywords: family; financially independent women; Hong Kong women; marriage; single women



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