There is generally a deep respect for seniority in China, regardless of the gender of the more senior person. Some of my colleagues there are absolutely brilliant role models for the next generation of Chinese professional women who want to enter the IT and technology industry. We can learn a somewhat pragmatic attitude towards careers from our French colleagues, largely based on promoting women. Women working full-time, which is taken for granted, is certainly a help towards equal rights; France is way ahead of Germany in this respect. Moreover, working mothers are not frowned upon in the French working world. As such, the balancing act between work and family life is made noticeably easier for women, at least in terms of societal expectations.