Women at Work

Women make up approximately 48 percent of the total population in Pakistan, and can be found in all fields of work. The primary sector (agriculture) employs the most number of women due to the nature, and geography of the work. However in urban areas such as Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad you’ll find a large number of women employed by the secondary (manufacturing), and tertiary (services) sector.

The Working Woman

There was once a time when a woman’s role in society was predetermined and she had to get married, tend to the needs of her husband, kids, and the home. However with the passing of time their roles and mindset changed to adapt a newer, bolder, and more independent persona that places them on a more even playing field with men both at home, in public, and at the workplace. Still it’s not been easy and women still face many problems, sexual harassment at the workplace being the most common. Being a married, devoted wife and mother is absolutely fine, and is one the most important jobs a woman can have. But it doesn’t mean that every woman wants that at this point in her life, most are find a new joy and purpose in professional ambitions, being a secondary breadwinner for the family. And I for one am very proud that they have decided to do this and be more independent and have control of their lives.

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How Women Work differently than Men

Both men and women have different approaches to work. Dr. Pat Heim, CEO of The Heim Group and bestselling author has studied the behavior in children including the messages they receive at an early age, that later influence their behavior as adults.  Dr. Pat Heim observations are that young boys, more often at an early age participate in team sports while young girls take part in a relationship or process play, activate like a playing house, nurse, school, etc.


What We Learn from Team Sports (Boys) What We Learn from Process Play (Girls)
1)      How to be aggressive How to share
2)      How to deal with other & resolve conflicts How to treat others nicely
3)      How to lead and follow How to avoid conflict
4)      How to set & meet goals How to collaborate
5)      How to plan, take risks, & strategize How to ensure that everyone has a part


The two also communicate differently, and have different ways of expressing emotions. So is one better than the other? No, both have unique and interesting qualities in their own regard. Some skills and tasks are better suited for one or the other, this is why some fields you’ll find more male dominance and in others female. Jobs where majority employees are women are: nurses, teachers, social workers, counselors, are just a few jobs where women excel.

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Are Women Treated Fairly?

Women are known to balance their work and personal life better then men, are better at internal communication, which gives the workforce a more well rounded feel to the organisation. They deal with tough situations calmly and have a strong sense of ethics. All these benefits strongly refelect the company’s profits. However they are not paid the same as men who do the same job. Women earn 38% less then men in Pakisan and other countries alike, the reasons are, current laws aren’t strong enough which employeers take avantage of. Discrimination and sterotypes where the common misconception is the women will get married later on and doesn’t have the same expenses as men. Which in my opinion is the old traditional way of seeing things.  Some may not agree with me but I’ve had the oppurtunity to work along side both men and women, and I believe women bring a sense of balance, calmness, joy, that helps make work more enjoyable. And they prove to be better administrators!