Women in the Labour Force in Malaysia

Dr Noor Rahamah Abu Bakar
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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
Stream: Sexuality, Gender, Families
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Women in the Labour Force in Malaysia

Dr Noor Rahamah Abu Bakar

Lecturer, School of social, development & Enviromnmental Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Noor Rahamah Hj. Abu Bakar is the Head of the Development science Program in the Faculty of Social Science & humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She obtained her Ph.D from the Universiti kebangsaan Malaysia in Development science Studies. Her field of research interests are gender and women in development and entrepreneurship.

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