Aspirations, Expectations and Realities to Gain 'Access to Work': Insights from Women's Narratives

26 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2014 Last revised: 6 Aug 2014

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Mridul Maheshwari

Indian Institute of Management (IIMU), Udaipur

Date Written: June 8, 2014


The phenomenon of workplace gender diversity has become a reality today across nations and organizations. More and more organizations have been arguing to have created diverse structures and practices to provide an inclusive space to all. However, in this drive to be diversity friendly what most them have missed to understand is the need for them to modify underlying notions that have made them rigid vis-a-vis gendered cultures and structures. These existing workplace gendered realities creates experiences of exclusion and lack of receptivity for women at work triggering dilemmas related to their working. This has resulted in increasing concerns about the gender blind nature of employment relations and human resource development systems and processes. It is in this context that this paper discusses the "the experiences of gender dilemmas in person-workplace interface and interactions by engaging with ordinary working women and listening to their narratives" in the contemporary Indian context. These experiences have been captured through an intense interview engagement based ethnographic research approach that was used to study the multiple realities of person-workplace interface and interaction experiences of women in India.

Keywords: access, workplace dilemmas, engagement

Suggested Citation

Maheshwari, Mridul, Aspirations, Expectations and Realities to Gain 'Access to Work': Insights from Women's Narratives (June 8, 2014). Indian Institute of Management Udaipur Research Paper Series. Available at SSRN: or

Mridul Maheshwari (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Management (IIMU), Udaipur ( email )

Mohanlal Sukhadia University Campus
Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

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