If you believe in reincarnation - pray not to become a woman in rural China in your next life.
Status of females in Chinese villages is not enviable from birth to death: three evidences to it are reflected in 1) statistics of infant mortality breakup by gender, 2) statistics of females suicides and 3) statistics of domestic violence.
The latter - violence in family only recently came into public light. The term "domestic violence" was included in Chinese Law for the first time only in 2001. And the first court decision protecting woman's safety from family abuse was made in 2008.
All that on the background of figures showing that domestic violence occurs in about 30% of Chinese families...
Unfortunately most of the victims prefer to live with it in fear of losing their face or being retaliated by their own family members.