Problems and challenges faced by urban working women in India

Kumari, V (2014) Problems and challenges faced by urban working women in India. MA thesis.



The main objective of the study was to understand the problems and issues faced by urban working women in India. The objectives also included identifying the key socio-economic pointers contributing to women’s status, safety and security, and to study women’s involvement in various activities/ organizations for improving of family, community and society. The study was confined to the urban working women in white collared jobs in the city of Rourkela, India. A mixed methods approach involving face to face interviews, focus group discussions and questionnaire technique including both close-ended and open-ended questions was chosen for effective elicitation of data from the respondents. Methods triangulation was adapted for establishing validity and reliability of the study. The study was based on primary data collected from Rourkela city to find out the possible solutions for working women which could help them to overcome the problems that they face in the workplace. The results of the study showed that different age group of working women have different kinds of problems and challenges and different categories as married, single, divorcee, single parent, separated, have different issues at stake in the workplace. Some problems are definitely common, like mental and physical stress, lack of proper balance between employment and family care, unfair treatment in the workplace, stressful life and work place discrimination etc. But some challenges are age or category specific, like prejudiced and stereotyped thinking, safety and security issues, ego hassles with colleagues, and problem of glass ceiling etc.

Item Type:Thesis ( MA)
Uncontrolled Keywords:urban working women;mental and physical stress;work place discrimination;effective child care policies
Subjects:Humanities & Social Sciences > Gender studies
Divisions: Social Sciences > Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
ID Code:6094
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:26 Aug 2014 16:17
Last Modified:26 Aug 2014 16:17
Supervisor(s):Mohanty, S

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