Women in the Labour Force in Malaysia
The number of women in employment in certain industries had risen in 2000. Why are the number of women in the labour force increased? This paper try to compare the detailed occupational structure of the Malaysian women labour force. Direct comparison are possible using data from the Population and Housing Census published by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia for the year 1970, 1980, 1991 and 2000. Discussion in this paper is presented in 2 sections. First section reveiw the trends in women labour force participation The second section discusses the factors which influences the changes in the pattern of the women labour force participation to occur.
Keywords: industrial sector, occupational sector, education level, economic structure, attitude of local society, division of domestic labour
Dr Noor Rahamah Abu Bakar
Lecturer, School of social, development & Enviromnmental Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia