|Chen Zhili [Women Voice]|
Two former Chinese sub-national female leaders, Chen Zhili and Lin Wenyi, attended the opening ceremony of the 8th World Women University Presidents Forum on April 8 at Wuhan University, central China's Hubei Province.
Founded in August 2001 by the Communication University of China, the forum has attracted female presidents from over 100 countries to take part over the past 17 years.
At this year's opening ceremony, 12 female presidents were given Lifetime Honorary Awards for Women University Presidents, including Pang Yaolin, former President of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, and Judith Kinnear, former Vice-Chancellor of Massey University, New Zealand.
Chen Zhili, who served as State Councilor and President of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF), attended the meeting and delivered a speech.
Chen, 76, graduated from Fudan University in 1964. She then furthered her studies at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, majoring in dielectric physics.
In 1997, Chen was elected as Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the State Education Commission and was later promoted to the post of State Councilor in 2003.
Lin Wenyi, vice-chairperson of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, also participated in the event.
Lin, 74, graduated from Tsinghua University, majoring in engineering thermophysics.
Lin once served as Deputy Mayor of Beijing and Vice-Chairperson of the 11th CPPCC National Committee. She was also the chairperson of the Beijing-based Taiwan Democratic Self-Government League.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)