This panel explores the social, economic and cultural basis of differences in the work experience of women. South Asian women's labour supply may be declining in some industries: how is this differentiated? How do economic inequality and ethnic divisions affect women's time-use?
In recent years, parts of South Asia have seen a reduction in women's labour supply in some substreams of economic activity. Women withdrawing to focus on parenting and domestic work implies a loss of the potential gains from these women's educational investments prior to having children. Men rarely withdraw unless they have a chronic illness. This panel explores the social, economic, political and cultural basis of differences in the work experience of women. Specifically we look at inequality among the women, global inequality in women's economic activity, and the definitions of inequality that could be used in specifying how women's work patterns differ by social class and by ethnic or cultural divisions. Specific issues that papers may take up (all considering gender as relations not as the separation of women's issues from other issues) are: 1 time-use of women, and inequality in its reporting and the reward to women's work. 2 informal work of women under economic and social inequality 3. Case studies and qualitative approaches to inequality of women both in formal-sector and informal-sector work. Thus, taking a transdisciplinary approach, the papers offer coverage of concrete, theoretical, and policy issues around global inequalities in women's work. Paper Pre-Submission of full papers one month prior to conference, ie 28 May 2018. The panel submissions will lead to a proposal for a journal special issue. Those received after 28 May could still be considered, but those received in time get high priority.