Ikbal Cavdaroglu is a professional woman who began her career in the HES Cable factory in Hacilar. She recalls that, when she started working in the 1980s, people pointed her out in the street, and she received expressions of pity from her (female) neighbours. Nonetheless, she went on to become Kayseri's first female chartered accountant. When she married, she kept working, but opted to wear a headscarf out of respect for her husband's parents, who were deeply religious. She was the first woman to join the AKP party in Kayseri, and now runs its women's branch in Melikgazi municipality.