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In Session: Selfhood and Agency: Muslim Women’s Fashioning of State, Religion, and Literature in South Asia
1: Women in Public Service in Pakistan
Thursday, March 25, 2021
3:00pm – 4:30pm EDT
University of Massachusetts - Boston, United States
This paper historicizes women’s experiences relating to entry, anchoring and advancement in public sector work in Pakistan from the 1950s to the near contemporary past. Women’s participation in family was disrupted by their professional obligations and professional associates did not foster women’s sense of belonging in the workplace. Over time women turned to educational programs, secondments and litigation to gain skills and networks which reinforced their professional positions. This is a study of women’s work in the public sector which emerged in Pakistan after 1947 and also a discussion of the potential of oral history methods to support the study of social change in Pakistan.