Under China's One-Child Policy, maternity benefits had been confined only to married couples, excluding mothers of children born out of wedlock. In recent years, major cities have revised this policy to combat population decline, prompting more people to apply for the benefits. However, as preexisting social discrimination against unwed mothers still remains, many face an uphill battle in actually attaining these rights that should be due to all women.
An unwed mother living in Shanghai
Dong Xiaoying, a lawyer who works to protect the rights of unwed mothers
An unwed mother who was refused maternity benefits by the local government
An unmarried woman who sued for her rights to freeze her eggs