Silvia Maier, clinical assistant professor at NYU SCPS’ Center for Global Affairs.

Afghan women now make up an average of 19% of the student body at universities and approximately 47% work in some form outside the home. Not surprisingly, despite these remarkable developments, female university students and professionals still struggle to chart a viable middle path between traditional gender roles, stressing their primary identities as homemakers, mothers, wives, caregivers, and wish to succeed as independent professionals in the workplace. The presentation traces the experiences and strategies of self-improvement that female and male students and professionals haveshared in personal interviews conducted in Kabul in summer 2011 and 2012.

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