BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award


Date of Submission



Dr. Faiza Mushtaq, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


When men and women are given the opportunity to participate in politics and the negotiations that come with it, most women prefer to remain more distant from these activities than men. While men are presumed to be more power-oriented, women are presumed to focus more on the well-being of their relationships, therefore finding the political arena does not align with their goals. This in turn results in a lack of competency among women as political figures. The possession of greater amounts of power results in a more positive approach towards taking actions in one's favour, while having lesser power results in a negative outlook where one feels threatened. In this thesis, I explore some theoretical frameworks that discuss the validity of and reasons for these assumptions. I then compare these to my findings from interviewing nine female students at the Institute of Business Administration, to understand their experiences while participating in student politics at the undergraduate level. The findings suggest that women make the conscious decision to avoid politics, but when given authority and power, they are just as successful in carrying out negotiations in their favour as their male counterparts.


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