It’s often strange that we Indians speak about empowerment of women, gender equality. However, career women need to face several stereotypes at work and at home. In spite of their hard work and efforts they do face several problems. However,almost all of the women are strong-willed, determined and matured. They face all of these tough situations with courage and move ahead.
Sometime back got to read an interesting article “The 10 Worst Stereotypes About Powerful Women” . Some excerpts from the article:
Women continue climbing the rungs of power—building their ranks as heads of state, corporate leaders and media influencers—but their minority status means they still face harsh, limiting assessments based on their gender. “Women are being judged more, even by other women,” said Valerie Young, Ed.D., author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women. While male leaders are allowed to have complex personalities, powerful women are often summed up by hackneyed stereotypes that undermine them and their power.
The following represent the 10 most hated and pervasive stereotypes.
2)Single and Lonely
10) A CheerLeader
Read the complete article here: The 10 Worst Stereotypes About Powerful Women
On the other side, career women need to face much more stereotypes at home and with respect to marriage. Career woman are stereotyped as bad mothers, bad life partners and bad cooks.
Its a personal choice to work or not to work. There might be several factors which drive a person to make choice regarding work. There is nothing great about working women and nothing mean about non working women. Its about prioritizing the things in life, as per the person’s situations and needs in life a person makes a choice to work and not to work.
However, some lazy woman make best use of this stereotypes regarding women and just don’t ever bother to work or try to be independent. They just get used to this “parasite” mentality. They suck the wealth and riches of parents before marriage and later they live as parasites on the money of their life partners. Some woman sugar coat this parasite mentality with so called ” family responsibilities such as cooking, responsibilities of children”. These women in turn promote the stereotypes about career women.
However, the fact is almost all the career woman are good homemakers too. Real career women do not complain about the responsibilities related to children and home as much as the work less women do.
Today I read this article “Home truths on career wives” in TOI by Chetan Bhagat. He presented interesting views about career women.
Some excerpts from the article:
Many Indian men, even the educated ones, have two distinct profiles of women — the girlfriend material and the wife material. One you party with, the other you take home. The prejudice against non-traditional women who assert themselves is strong.
Let us look at another part of the world. Yahoo, a leading tech firm and a Fortune 500 company, recently hired a new woman CEO, Marissa Mayer. What’s more, she was six months pregnant when she was hired, a fact she did not hide in her interviews.
Marissa will take some time off after childbirth and will be back at work later. She can manage both. There is something to celebrate about that. Marissa is a role model for women and even men.
I’d like Indian men to have an open mind about choosing their life partners and revise their ‘ideal woman’ criteria. Having a traditional wife who cooks, cleans and is submissive might be nice. However, choosing a capable, independent and career-oriented woman can also bring enormous benefits. For instance, one, a man who marries a career woman gets a partner to discuss his own career with. A working woman may be able to relate better to organizational issues than a housewife. A spouse who understands office politics and can give you good advice can be an asset. Two, a working woman diversifies the family income streams. In the era of expensive apartments and frequent lay-offs, a working spouse can help you afford a decent house and feel more secure about finances. Three, a working woman is better exposed to the world. She brings back knowledge and information that can be useful to the family. Whether it’s the latest deals or the best mutual fund to invest in, or even new holiday destinations, a working woman can add to the quality of life. Four, the children of a working woman learn to be more independent and will do better than mollycoddled children. Five, working women often find some fulfillment in their jobs, apart from home. Hence, they may have better life satisfaction, and feel less dependent on the man. This in turn can lead to more harmony. Of course, all these benefits accrue if men are able to keep their massive, fragile egos aside and see women as equals.
Sure, there are drawbacks also in being with working women. But the modern age that we are in, the phulka-making bride may come at a cost of missing out on other qualities. Please bear that in mind before you judge women based on their clothes, interest in the kitchen or the confidence in their voice.
My mother worked for 40 years. My wife is the COO at an international bank. It makes me proud. She doesn’t make phulkas for me. We outsource that work to our help, and it doesn’t really bother me. If my wife had spent her life in the kitchen, it would have bothered me more.
Please choose your partner carefully. Don’t just tolerate, but accept and even celebrate our successful women. They take our homes ahead and our country forward. We may have less hot phulkas, but we will have a better nation.
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