This book explores the personal and professional lives of women in the Indian Civil Services and analyses the dynamics of gender and workplace identities for women in government.
Based on first-hand interviews of women civil servants at various levels and ages, this book presents a narrative of their work conditions, the degrees of authority they exercise and their perceptions of themselves – in relation to their children, husbands, family, male and female colleagues, politicians and the public at large. It addresses pertinent issues like work–family balance, workforce diversity, equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment at the workplace, among others. Through this research, the author addresses questions such as, do women in public administration think differently from their male colleagues? And do they exercise different leadership styles, prioritise different issues, approach problems differently, make decisions in markedly different ways and play an actively representative role? This book helps to identify major obstacles that hinder the participation of women in decision-making and uncovers the bottlenecks that impede women’s advancement in the civil services specifically to policymaking positions.
An important and timely study, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of gender studies, public administration, management and leadership studies. It will also be of interest to organisations working on issues of equal opportunity and affirmative action in public institutions.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. Gender and Bureaucracy – The Worldwide Scenario 3. The Indian Civil Service during the Raj and the Status of Women in the Colonial Bureaucracy 4. Women in the Civil Services in Post Independent India 5. Family, Work and Well-Being: Striking a Balance 6. A Man’s World – the Nature of the Civil Service Job 7. Workplace Identities and Powerlessness: Struggling for Survival 8. Working with External Stakeholders: from Local Level PRIs to Higher Ministers 9. Representing the Common Woman – How Representative are we? 10. Conclusion Bibliography. List of Appendixes 1. Questionnaire 2. List of Civil Services, Government of India 3. Vishaka Guidelines against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Trijita Gonsalves completed her PhD on ‘Gender and Bureaucracy: Women in the Indian Civil Services’ in 2019. Her areas of interest are public administration, public policy and gender studies. She has published articles in regional and national journals like Socialist Perspective, Refugee Watch, Indian Journal of Political Science and others. She has also contributed chapters in books such as Rakhahari Chatterjee (ed) Politics India: The State–Society Interface; Ujjaini Mukhopadhyay (ed): Internal Migration Within South Asia.