Chang-Ling Huang

Chang-Ling Huang

Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University

Chang-Ling Huang is Professor of Political Science at National Taiwan University. Her research areas are in comparative politics, labour, and gender politics, She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and has published papers in various Chinese and English academic journals. She was a visiting scholar with the Harvard-Yenching Institute and a Radcliffe Fellow in Residence from 2018 to 2019, and has also received the Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Social Service Award from National Taiwan University. Besides teaching and research, Huang has been involved in Taiwan’s feminist movement. She was a board member and president of the Awakening Foundation, the earliest established feminist organisation in post-war Taiwan, and a member of various government gender commissions.


New Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping, Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang and Li Xi arrive to meet the media following the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 23 October 2022. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

Unlike Taiwan, mainland China lacks top women leaders

Taiwanese academic Chang-Ling Huang explains the importance of gender quota laws in pushing forward women’s representation in politics, observing that while China and Japan have had poor women political representation, Taiwan has managed to be a bright spot in East Asia.