Marriage an obstacle to career women?

Family|Marriage|March 21st 2016

Nearly three quarters of working women in South Korea describe marriage as an obstacle to their career.

In a recent survey of 1,401 Korean adults, 72 per cent of women said that getting married would hamper their professional lives. Of those women, 77 per cent said the main reason would be the burdens of looking after a child and dealing with household chores while still working. More than half – 56 per cent – also believed they would have to put their careers on hold if they married while 28 per cent claimed there was no consideration for married people in the workplace. Twenty-eight per cent also cited the possibility that their husbands would pressure them to resign.

By stark contrast, the men surveyed had the opposite attitude, with 76 per cent saying that marriage would be helpful to their careers. A majority of those – 70 per cent – believed marriage offered them psychological stability and 68 per cent said it motivated them to work harder. Nearly half claimed their wives would support their careers and 21 per cent said they would be more financially stable once they were married.

The men surveyed also cited other perceived benefits of marriage such as tax refunds, their wives getting maternity leave and help when applying for housing loans.

In 2014, a study by researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri suggested that a person’s spouse can have an effect on their career prospects. Regardless of gender, a more “conscientious” spouse meant an increased likelihood of a promotion or a raise.

Photo by Russ Garcia via Flickr

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