Undoubtedly, the high rate of female dropouts from higher education in developing nations is one of the largest barriers to achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. Research has done little to investigate how marriage obstructs women's education, except for the few who argue that early marriage has an impact on women's education levels. This research aims to highlight the hitherto underrepresented lived experiences of women who continue higher education post marriage in India. What is your experience as a woman pursuing higher education in India after marriage? This is the question this research attempts to answer. Twenty women's phenomenological narrative analyses illustrate the perspectives on what it means to continue education after marriage, the effects of patrilocality, and how they affect attitudes towards women who marry into the family. The structure of their experience is investigated using feminist phenomenological analysis tools, and many significant themes are found that might be used to improve future interventions in a comparable context. The problems and difficulties that women face are made clear by the application of a feminist phenomenological approach to narratives. These results open up new avenues for investigating women's efforts to pursue higher education in a particular cultural and social setting. Specifically, because there are contradictions between prophecy and actual lived experience.
Shamma P, University of Hyderabad, India