DOES HIGHER EDUCATION REALLY MATTER IN IMPROVING WOMEN’S SOCIAL STATUS? EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FROM BALOCHISTAN
This study investigates the impact of higher education on women’s social status. The social status of working women was examined by women’s perception about their decision-making participation at the household level in Quetta. The social impact of higher education was evaluated based on positivist philosophy and implantation of survey approach. Primary data have been collected using self-administered questionnaire. A sample of 300 women respondents working in public sector schools, colleges and universities in Quetta city was collected using the simple random technique. A Chi-square test of homogeneity was applied to see whether the difference in the proportion of opinion responses. The study found that highly educated women were more socially empowered than the less educated women and actively participate in familially related decision makings. The study finally recommended that women should pressure continued and struggle to acquire higher education and there should be also a commitment on the part of the government to provide free and equal distribution of education in order to guarantee women’s socio-economic development.