A Study on Family Life of Working Women in Rural Areas of Ludhiana District in Punjab

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2018 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 4
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Ranjeet Kaur and Simran Kang Sidhu
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Ranjeet Kaur and Simran Kang Sidhu, "A Study on Family Life of Working Women in Rural Areas of Ludhiana District in Punjab," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 5,  no. 4, pp. 1-8, 2018. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23942703/IJHSS-V5I4P101


 Life for middle class working women is not easy in Indian patriarchy. Dual role of women, working outside and fulfilling the responsibilities of housewife leaves a working woman stressed and anxious; more so if the family is not supportive. Hence, the present study had undertaken to find out the physical, economic and social condition of working women and compared them with the condition of homemakers. Study was conducted on middle class married women in the rural areas of Ludhiana. Eight villages were randomly selected from two randomly selected blocks of Ludhiana district. Out of the total sample of 120 respondents, 10 working women and 5 home- maker were interviewed through self-structured interview schedule. The study inferred that it did not matter what was the status of women (house makers and working women) and how much they contributed to the family income, being women they had to full fill all the familial responsibilities which were expected to be essentially done by them. Majority of the working women (82%) did moping and cleaning of floors, washing of utensils and clothes on their own. 67.50 per cent working women were not involved in decision making regarding sale or purchase of property. However, children’s education and rendering gifts in social functions were the activities for which decision making was the prerogative of working women. More than half of the working women respondents contributed their full pay in household expenditure. Whenever they needed money, they had to ask their husband or mother in-law. More than 90 percent working women said that even if given choice, they would not leave their jobs. The reason for continuation of the job as quoted by 90 percent of them was walking away from family conflicts. The study suggested that the families of working women should shed their patriarchal mind set and realize the difficulties faced by women in their dual role. For it, governmental and non- governmental organizations should organize awareness and counseling programs at community level


working women, Ludhiana, Family.


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