Siti Kusujiarti is a professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina. She is the author of numerous publications on rural poverty, inequality, gender, work, and development.
Women’s status in rural Java can appear contradictory to those both inside and outside the culture. In some ways, women have high status and broad access to resources, but other situations suggest that Javanese women lack real power and autonomy. Javanese women have major responsibilities in supporting their families and controlling household finances. They may also own and manage their own property.