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Economics: Labor Profiles: Iran
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Women account for 49.3 percent of the current population in Iran, but represent only 12.1 percent of the employed population (ten years and older) based on the 1996 ten-year census. In 1976, women formed 13.8 percent of the employed population. In 1986, this figure declined to 8.9 percent. One reason why women may figure so little in the official statistics is that when asked women often respond first as housewives. This is despite the fact that in rural communities women's housework has traditi…

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Karkehabadi, Sharon M., “Economics: Labor Profiles: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0237c>
First published online: 2009

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