It's March, the night before Women's Day. Foreign maids have been allowed to work in Taiwan.
In the public hearing of the Legislative Yuan, women's groups and representatives of business are in heated debate over provisions of the "Sexual Equality in Employment Law" that concern time off for accompanying a wife who is giving birth and for babycare and childcare.
The premier of the cabinet calls for three generations to live under one roof. While some officials and academics say "it can't be done," statistics suggest that extended family homes are coming back in style. . . .
While these social phenomena are as hard to see as cobwebs,they are nonetheless part of a new truth: by influencing policy, using the law and helping themselves, women leaving the home are doing their best to leave "support networks" behind them.