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A growing body of evidence indicates that deep-rooted changes in world views are taking place. These changes appear to be reshaping economic, political, and social life in societies around the world. (Inglehart, 2000). Globalization has played a critical role in this change. If we focus our views on the GCC countries for example which are known to be very conservative and preservers of many traditional values and specific life style and compare that to few years ago we realize the impact of this worldly change. Accordingly the status of the women in GCC is rapidly and revolutionarily growing every day. Consequently, this growth has impacted the GCC women as individuals and within families, tribes and as societies.
The compass of the impact of globalization on GCC women can be described as fluctuating between two forces of ideologies the modernity and the inherited traditions and Islamic values. Modernity is described by some authors as a stimulating factor for conflicts with nationalism and traditions. Globalization has been described as either deepening of modernity or as a wholly new departure (Conversi, 2009). This paper aims to analyze the effects of globalization on the women in GCC and the ideological collisions they face between modernity and the values inherited within their ethnic groups, national background and other social and cultural dynamics. This includes understanding the bundle of new behaviors including social relations, type and level of consumption, entertainment, and dress.
The paper will discuss and analyze the impact of globalization on GCC women from different pillars and perspectives such as marriage and relationships, women workforce and homes responsibilities, local versus International education for GCC women, Women Characteristics and Life style, Women and Social Media, Women Institutions in GCC and the interaction and comparison with the expat women in GCC.
The researcher will adopt “interpretivism” which is an epistemology and a qualitative approach that advocates the necessity to understand differences between humans in our role as social actors (Saunders et al. 2007). Due to the uniqueness of the GCC societies this research approach will contribute to the underlying pursuit of contextual depth related to globalization (Myers, 1997). The researcher in this approach moves from specific observations on the different research pillars on different GCC groups to broader generalizations and theories using inductive reasoning.

The data collection method will be through desk research and interviews with GCC women and men. The interviews are meant to increase the opportunity to understand the perceptions they have of their own activities (Hussey and Hussey, 1997).