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Middle Class Married Women’s Income in Bangladesh: Who Controls it and How?

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The general perception in Bangladesh is that women’s participation in paid employment will reduce patriarchy. But what does actually happen in Bangladesh when women start to work? In this paper, I find that patriarchy works in a different form when women start to earn money. Most women in Bangladesh cannot control their money. My study shows that middle class married women’s income in Bangladesh is controlled by husbands and, in some cases, by mothers-in-law. In general, men think that their wives are their properties and so they have every right to appropriate their income. Husbands consider their wives’ income as ‘a source of wealth accumulation’ that strengthens patriarchy.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science University of Rajshahi Bangladesh PhD Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3, Email: farahdeebachowdhury@yahoo.com

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