1.3 Research aim and questions
The research is strongly influenced by the need to understand the nature of the effects of gender bias in employment in Saudi Arabia, including what barriers women find to their own success and whether they experience the effects of limitations due to the gender differences that are perceived to prevail in Saudi Arabia today. The primary research questions for the current thesis are thus as follows:
-How do female academic employees of a University experience the effects of gender inequality in the workplace in Saudi -Arabia?
-Is feminine agency a strategy used by these academics to make effective choices and to achieve better outcomes in their career?
-How do the issues of maternity and family responsibility affect the careers of female academics in Saudi Arabia?
-What are the barriers for female academics who wish to take up senior roles?
-Is the work of a female academic trusted and accepted as much as that of a male academic?
-Is there institutionalised gender inequality in terms of women being excluded from certain social practices and groups?
-How have limitations on international travel affected the careers of female academics in Saudi Arabia?
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