World Policy Analysis on Gender Inequality in the Workplace

A Common Crux for South Korea, Japan, and China


  • Sora Yoo IEPM, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
  • Yiting Liu



gender inequality in the workplace, maternal leave, paternal leave, policy


Gender inequality is a significant issue in the workplace. The purpose of this study is to analyze how the national policies affect practice regarding gender equality in the workplace in Eastern Asia. The primary policy-level datasets used in this study are from the World Policy Analysis Center. We examined five variables regarding pay, promotion/demotion, and parental leave by gender. In comparing policies and practices, we found that women are still unequally treated in pay, promotion, and unpaid childcare responsibilities, even with policies intended to positively affect practices in China, South Korea, and Japan. Practices are far behind in achieving gender equality in the workplace.


Author Biography

Yiting Liu

Yiting is a first-year student of International Education Policy and Management at Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University. Yiting received her bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences at Wuhan University, China. She has obtained her master’s in Education in TESOL at Boston University with two K-12 teaching certificates in Chinese Mandarin and ESL. She is passionate about educational leadership regarding gender equality in various social contexts. Besides, she takes a great interest in intercultural communication.





How to Cite

Yoo, S., & Liu, Y. (2020). World Policy Analysis on Gender Inequality in the Workplace: A Common Crux for South Korea, Japan, and China. Iris Journal of Scholarship, 2, 42-56.



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