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Spousal support and working woman’s career progression: a qualitative study of woman academicians in the University of Kashmir

Ambreen Khursheed Wani (University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)

Journal of Global Responsibility

ISSN: 2041-2568

Article publication date: 13 July 2022

Issue publication date: 6 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the importance of spousal support toward a working woman’s career progression. As women continue to bear the brunt of shouldering more domestic responsibilities than men, this research focuses on their extensive need for spousal support. The work attempts to examine how working women perceive the roles their spouses play in sharing home and childcare responsibilities vis-à-vis supporting them in pursuing a career. The compartmentalization of gender roles and how it influences division of labor between husband and wife have also been explored.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used a qualitative approach based on analysis of multiple cases regarding women academicians. In-depth narratives based on rich interview data presented an inquiry into spousal support working women received. The impact of spousal support on the career trajectories of women was also explored.

Findings

Results show that spousal support is an important dimension toward the success of a woman’s career. Findings also suggest that gender role is an essential dynamic that determines the pattern of dominance between couples. Gender role ideology between the husband and wife was a key determinant of husbands’ support toward his working wife.

Originality/value

The present research, unlike previous studies, explores how women perceive the presence/absence of a husband’s support in a little studied group of female workers.

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Citation

Wani, A.K. (2023), "Spousal support and working woman’s career progression: a qualitative study of woman academicians in the University of Kashmir", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 27-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGR-05-2021-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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