Intersectionality at work: South Asian Muslim women’s experiences of employment and leadership in the United Kingdom

Tariq, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-2703-9266 and Syed, J., 2017. Intersectionality at work: South Asian Muslim women’s experiences of employment and leadership in the United Kingdom. Sex Roles, 77 (7-8), pp. 510-522. ISSN 0360-0025

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Drawing on qualitative interviews with 20 South Asian heritage, Muslim, female leaders, managers, and supervisors in the United Kingdom, we examine the multi-layered issues and challenges they face in pursuit of employment and leadership positions. The paper offers an intersectional perspective taking into account interconnected and overlapping factors (gender, ethnicity, religion, and family status) that affect not only the issues and challenges these women face in the labour market but also the individual agency and strategies they use to overcome any obstacles in the way of their employment and career. The results show that although Muslim women continue to face a myriad of challenges in the workplace, they are also able to tackle some of these issues through their individual strategies and networks, such as personal networks and further education. The study highlights the need for policymakers and employers to consider intersectionality to enable ethnic minority women’s inclusion and leadership within and outside the workplace.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sex Roles
Creators: Tariq, M. and Syed, J.
Publisher: Springer New York
Date: October 2017
Volume: 77
Number: 7-8
ISSN: 0360-0025
741Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: © the author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Aug 2018 08:48
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 08:50

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