Professional women in Turkey: a qualitative study

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The Turkish state has developed few policies and legal structures aimed to support female work participation compared to several "western countries". Despite the lack of formal support structures encouraging female work participation, Turkish professional women show a high level of work attachment and succeed professionally in fields that are male dominated in "western" countries. This study explores the choices, priorities and experiences of a group of (eighteen) professional women in Turkey, and how these choices and organisation of daily life are influenced by specific historical, social and cultural structures in the Turkish society. Kemalism and the reforms of the Kemalist state, created a positive and supportive environment for professional women in Turkey. An informal support structure consisting of mother's and mother' s-in-law offering childcare together with the availability of affordable domestic labour, becomes a iiistrategy for the women in this research to overcome the multiple demands faced in their professional and private lives. Professional women's experience and perception of work, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace are also studied in this research


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Citation Formats
S. D. Gencher, “Professional women in Turkey: a qualitative study,” Middle East Technical University, 2002.