Xu said many of her peers were postponing marriage and seeking options abroad to freeze their eggs.
“Many women in their 30s are under immense pressure to get married and have a child. But many don’t want to do so because they are afraid their careers will stagnate or (they will) face discrimination in the workplace,” she said.
“It costs about 100,000 yuan ($14,000) in Thailand and about 200,000 in the US, compared to just 20,000 yuan if done in China.”
The marriage rate in China has been in decline over the last five years, and the country is grappling with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world.
Monday’s closed-door hearing lasted for about an hour, according to a statement on the official social media account of Beijing Chaoyang People’s Court.
Xu said the next hearing will be in January, although a date hasn’t been announced.
“I am still hopeful about this case,” she said. “Even if I lose I feel the process is more important than the result.”
Xu said she hasn’t decided to have a child or get married.
“I don’t want to have a child for the time being, but I will think about it in the future,” she said.
“I just hope that I leave myself the right to choose.”