Title

'I want to be able to do it all...': U.S. South Asian Women's Career Perspectives

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2012

Publication Source

Indian Women: Issues and Perspectives

Inclusive pages

93-116

Publisher

Indian Publishers Distributors

Place of Publication

Delhi

ISBN/ISSN

978-81-7341-493-0'

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

'I want to be able to do it all...': U.S. South Asian women's career perspectives

Abstract

Substantial numbers of South Asians entered the American workforce as a result of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965. Many of these workers are women. More than four decades later, however, research on the everyday lives of U.S. South Asian women is scarce. Mainstream media messages and resulting stereotypes cast South Asian women in a subservient light, characterized by suppressive home environment coupled by lack of formal education.

How do U.S. South Asian women perceive career preparation and paid employment? Which values and beliefs affect U.S. South Asian women’s perspectives? What issues, if any, have these ethnic women experienced in the U.S. workforce?

Twenty-nine women from the Indian subcontinent participated in oral history interviews about immigration experiences and perspectives. This paper explores and analyzes U.S. South Asian women’s experiences and perspectives about early socialization, education, and work related issues.

Keywords

Asian Indian, women, gender, immigrant, acculturation

Disciplines

Education | Gender and Sexuality | Race and Ethnicity

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