Career Aspiration and Achievement Motivation of Women Academicians: A Struggle for Dual Role Conflict

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2018 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 4
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Dr. Manosmita Mahapatra
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Dr. Manosmita Mahapatra, "Career Aspiration and Achievement Motivation of Women Academicians: A Struggle for Dual Role Conflict," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 5,  no. 4, pp. 57-63, 2018. Crossref,


The scenario of women in contemporary India shows that they do not have a subjugated state; there is greater prevalence of relative independence of women whereby they choose their own line of path in domains of career and livelihood. However, careerist women are looked down upon for neglecting the traditional role in family. Motivation provides an important foundation to complete cognitive behavior where career aspiration involves a decision to work full time even when it is not necessary for economic reasons, which requires a serious life style commitment. Increasing workforce participation of women requires understanding women's motivations and career as role conflict for careerist women is a contentious issue. The attitude of women to career and family commitment is gaining serious attention. A few studies of achievement motivation have been conducted and much less have been conducted on women. Research examining women's career development in academia suggests that despite the introduction of equal opportunity policies, women continue to be underrepresented in the profession, particularly in the higher rank. They face a serious problem of work-family priority where many women seek support mechanisms from spouses, relatives, friends, colleagues etc. Bringing such balance between work and family roles are the biggest challenge for lady academicians.


 Achievement motivation, careerist women, academicians, role conflict.


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