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Marriage versus career: a dilemma for professional women

Misbah Choudhry (Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan)
Hina Uqaili (Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan)

Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies

ISSN: 2045-0621

Publication date: 21 March 2017


Subject area

Gender Roles, Human Resource Management.

Study level/applicability

HRM-related courses at undergraduate and MBA level. Can be used in executive training.

Case overview

Nida Akhtar, a 29-year-old factory unit supervisor and a labor union leader of one of the biggest private textile manufacturing companies of Pakistan, faces a crucial decision regarding her personal and professional life. She is getting married in a few months and may need to move to another city. She has been working at Shanza Textile Limited (STL) for the past nine years. In spite of several social pressures and sometimes unfavorable circumstances, she has continued working because of her determination and endurance. She has earned appreciation and respect from her organization as well as from her family and friends. She has an option of moving to STL’s female hostel if she wants to continue working. However, she will have to gain her husband’s consent to do this. Alternatively, she can look for another job in the new city, but in this way, she will not be able to enjoy the same rank and position which she currently enjoys. She is exploring possibilities, and she knows that this decision will not only affect her own future life but will also have a significant impact on her married life and on her future generation.

Expected learning outcomes

Introducing students to an important aspect of labor economics: determinants and demographics of female labor force participation rates, in the context of an emerging market like Pakistan. Enabling students and other participants to engage in a meaningful unbiased discussion regarding gender roles in workplaces of emerging markets. To make students familiar with related characteristics, issues and challenges faced by working women in developing and emerging economies. To devise and present policy suggestions for making work environment more conducive for the female workers.

Supplementary materials

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Subject code

CSS 6: Human Resource Management.



Choudhry, M. and Uqaili, H. (2017), "Marriage versus career: a dilemma for professional women", Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, Vol. 7 No. 1.



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