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Abstract

For years Saudi Arabia has been engulfed by a widespread gender gap, discrimination and inequality; however, the new era has ushered a paradigm shift that has beckoned a rising women’s empowerment process. Today, Saudi women are better educated, more well-informed, and more financially independent as a result of a plethora of changes. Furthermore, their presence in various public spheres and social media is highly visible today. The government’s recent reforms have undisputedly catalyzed their foray into the workforce; however, effective integration is still a significant challenge. Nevertheless, Saudi women have consistently shown grit toward their employment and career amidst various challenges such as limiting culture, deeply embedded traditions, and related obstacles. This paper discusses the emerging trends, issues of the gender gap, the impact of policy imperatives and future research implications.

Note on the Author

Dr. Deepanjana Varshney is Professor in the School of Commerce & Management Studies, Dayananda Sagar University, India. She has 16 years of academic experience in India and overseas universities. She has published her research in ISI and Scopus-indexed international journals. Dr. Varshney has been extensively involved in research publications focusing on employee dysfunctional behaviour, gender issues, employee migration, and employee attitudinal dimensions. Besides, she has written book chapters and is also involved in consultancy assignments and conducting workshops.

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