Indian Women at Work By Neharica Mishra from Amity Law School, Lucknow
“When women are the advisor, the lords of creation don’t take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do; then they act upon it and if they succeed they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it; if fails, they generously give herself the whole.”
- Louisa May Alcott
Delegating powers to a woman seemed challenging and surprising to our governing bodies, but ironically, our country, our leaders and governing bodies have been ruled by women in the past for e.g. Indira Gandhi was the first and only woman Prime Minister of India. She was the most important figure of the National Congress Party of India exhibiting supreme powers during her political period. She was an epitome of women’s leadership qualities. Smt. Pratibha Patil was the first woman President of India and has actively supported and encouraged the idea of women empowerment in our nation. The year 2009 noted another great achievement of an Indian woman when Smt. Meira Kumar became the first Indian woman to hold the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker. There are innumerable names of successful Indian women which can be quoted and the list is never ending and truly inspirational.
The ability of a woman to break barriers and traverse on a new path is proved by Indian women. Our country is gradually emerging as a powerful and developing land since women began playing a significant role towards the development of the nation. Indian women have broken a myth that men can do way better than women. Indian women dispelled the myth by making their footprints in every field of work. Today women are not only law-makers and law-controllers but also business magnates.
Arundhati Bhattacharya, the chairman of State Bank of India, took over as the first woman chairperson of State Bank of India. The CEO and chairperson of Pepsico, Indra Nooyi, set the perfect model of a business magnate. Nafisa Ali who was an actress, model and politician has also been an eminent social worker, with her crusade on HIV/AIDS being world recognized. She had also been appointed as the chairman of the environment committee of commonwealth games, Delhi 2010. Tennis player Sania Mirza and Badminton player Saina Nehwal represented India and showcased their talent in their respective games.
There was a time when women were only considered as ‘homemakers’, but gradually as they became more and more educated and aware of the changing time and needs they started giving importance to their careers and many of them emerged out victorious, and some set out on the social and political field to rub shoulders with the men in these fields. Women have the inherent potential to overlook any obstacle or impediment, to commit themselves to their ambitions.
Some decades ago, very few women did jobs and most of them were chained to many social norms and problems like Dowry, child marriages, Sati, death during childbirth and many other and encountered them in their day to day lives. But now since the time has changed, the status of women in India has also changed with the improving social scene; it's actually the spread of education that has changed the social scenario.
Today women are employed as teachers, doctors, judges, engineers, lawyers, scientists and parliamentarians. Educated women have broken down all the societal taboos and the number of middle and upper class women seeking employment is increasing day by day. Our Government has also crafted many strategies and schemes for the upliftment of women like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, UJJAWALA: A Comprehensive Scheme for prevention of trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation, SWADHAR GREH: (A scheme for Women in Difficult Circumstances) etc.
But in this fast changing scenario, sometimes women become the worst victim of technological advancements. They have been forced to work under unfavourable conditions and employed to more labour intensive sectors and unorganized sector of production. India cannot advance towards becoming a superpower without the empowerment of women which constitute around half of the India’s population.
However, during last ten to fifteen years, serious efforts have been made and put into action to improve the status of women. There is virtually no field of enterprise that women cannot enter. So the time is right for women to put their talent and skills to good use and to allow their instincts in carving out a rewarding and successful career.
“You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of women”
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