A Study on Coping Strategies Employed by Successful Women in Malaysia: Women in Paid Employment

By Amla Salleh M, Zuria Mahmud and Nila Inangda.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Despite the challenges and conflicts experienced by employed married women as they try to balance the demand of work and family roles, many have successfully climbed to the top of the ladders of their career. The present paper reports a study that examined coping strategies employed by 50 Malaysian women (age 30-65) who were holding high position in their respective fields or organizations in various sectors. Data was collected using face to face and in depth interview. Analysis of data revealed that they were three categories of coping strategies employed by the subjects. One group had chosen to be superwomen-like in fulfilling both duties in the office and at home. The second one opted for what they called smart strategies by playing managerial roles at home, while the third group considered themselves belonged to a lucky group as their husbands were willing to do a fair share of house chores. Underlying factors influencing the choice of coping strategy is also discussed. The paper concludes that while there is a very encouraging opportunity for women in Malaysia to move forward in their career, work environment need to be more women-friendly and home environment need to be more men-friendly.

Keywords: Coping Strategy, Professional Women, Successful Women, Demand of Work, Family Role

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.135-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 595.978KB).

Prof. Amla Salleh M

Professor, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am a professor at The National University of Malaysia. I,ve been taeching in the university for 30 years, and graduated (Pd.D) from Western Michigan University, Michigan USA in Counselor Education and Supervision. Besides teachings and supervision (postgradute students), I have been active in reaserch and writing (books, journal articles, and conference proceedings). The focus of my works is in the area of counseling practice and training particularly career counseling including gender issues. I am married and blessed with three sons aged between 19 to 21.

Prof. Dr. Zuria Mahmud

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am currently teaching at he Faculty of Education, National University of Malaysia. My field of specialization is counseling Education and Supervision. Besides teaching and supervision I am also active in reaserch and publication. My works focus on issues related to counseling practice and training. I am married and blessed with three girls.

Nila Inangda

University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Nila Inangda is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University Malaya. She is married, and blessed with seven children and eight beautiful grandchildren.


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