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Islamic Feminism and the Career Development of Kuwaiti Women

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Sponsor: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

Project Total: $16,396


Kuwait is a majority Muslim country, with women making up the majority of higher education graduates in Kuwait colleges and universities, but a minority of the workforce. This doctoral dissertation research, conducted by CED graduate student Aisha Al-Qimlass, will begin to identify the factors contributing to women’s decisions regarding whether or not to enter the workforce.  The main objectives of the study are to:  a) determine how Islamic feminism is associated with Kuwaiti women’s career development; b) determine the influence of factors such as age and socioeconomic status; and c) determine the role that factors such as gender-stereotype of occupation, prestige level of occupation, and personal have on selecting an occupation or career. The results of this study will add to the sustainable development of Kuwait by contributing to workforce development and building a knowledge-based economy, as well as supporting a culture of scientific understanding and innovation related to the career development process of future generations.