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Asian Journal of Management
Year : 2020, Volume : 11, Issue : 3
First page : ( 329) Last page : ( 333)
Print ISSN : 0976-495X. Online ISSN : 2321-5763.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5763.2020.00051.7

A Survey to Assess the Impact of Gender on Vocation selection among Urban Women

Dr. De Kushal1, Sinha Shruti2,*

1Assistant Professor, Department of Commerce, Dhruba Chand Halder College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

2Independent Researcher

*Corresponding Author E-mail: shrutisinha97.2013@gmail.com

Online published on 10 August, 2020.

Abstract

The paper is based on an empirical survey made by the authors to assess the impact of gender on vocation selection among urban women. For the purpose of the study, a representative sample of 100 working women were interviewed using a self-designed questionnaire. The analysed results show that gender has a significant impact on career choices of women and a patriarchal concept on gender role is observed. The respondents though financially independent, abide by their so called primary gendered responsibility. Their personal, social and marital obligations too are deeply influenced by gender. Women surveyed have problems adjusting to their dual roles and misbalance between them sometimes leads to situation where women may have to sacrifice one (work) for the sake of other (family). Desire of working in flexible hours, not enough time for family after work, thought of quitting the job for domestic obligations, etc. prove beyond doubt that the respondents are not very comfortable in role adjustments. Career is secondary in life of most working women surveyed as they would not relocate to another place for a better position and they would not even get their family support in such a scenario. It can be clearly seen from the study that gender becomes the biggest impediment in vocation selection even among educated urban women.

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Keywords

Gender, vocation, dual role, career, role ambiguity.

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