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剩女 in Chinese
Leftover ladies”(剩女shèng nǚ) in Chinese, has become a buzzword in the Chinese language. They are well-educated, well-paid and independent. They are also referred to as “3S women” : single, seventies (most were born in the 70s) and stuck.
Single women over 27 in China are known as “leftover women”
The issue of unmarried females, often stigmatised as "剩女shèng nǚ" or leftover women, has long been a topic of concern in a society that prioritises marriage and motherhood for women.
Chinese women have taken great strides, but many young women still find themselves caught in a dilemma. Growing up in an era of rapid economic and social development, they are more aware of gender issues than their mothers, so they feel more pressured in the traditional patriarchal society.
As an only child, they face high academic and career expectations. Many parents expect them to compete with men. But as they get older and excel in their careers, they are still expected to fulfill family duties to get married, bear a child and oversee a household.
At the same time, the disparaging phrase and mentality shèng nǚ, literally "leftover women," hangs over many career women, warning that their market value is declining ever faster after what is considered the prime time to marry and bear a child.
The age was once 30 but now it is 27. Still, many women, and especially their parents, really start to panic as they turn 25.
Nowadays, people also describe 剩女 as single, attractive and successful ladies in China. Because females are more independent then before. They will not get married just because of the pressure of their family. They want to pursue their own happiness.