When we talk about equality and equal opportunities, women still struggle hard to keep up with their career, twice in their life, once when they get married and second when they conceive. Sometimes it is a conscious decision and sometimes it is a forced obligation.
Recently I came across an article in The Wire where-in human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar quotes that he is unhappy seeing a large number of women not choosing to work, India’s job numbers are low because Indian women don’t want to work.
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In my whole life, I never met a single woman who says, that I do not want to work. We all want to work. We don’t get the opportunity, we do not get the work environment, we still lack an arrangement for women who want to return to the work after having a baby. Although it is really heartbreaking to see women dropping out from the workforce voluntarily after becoming a mother, it is just because many times they do not have any choice. If parenting or Care-taking was legitimately an equal opportunity then women might be in a position to make an actual career choice in their life, which is not the case with a lot of women.
There are also various reasons like sexual harassment at workplace, discomfort with the male co-workers, family constraints due to which a woman discontinues work. Even the measures taken against are not implemented at all the levels and dynamics are such that woman would rather choose to leave the job than speak up or fight for herself.
We do not have a choice, we are secondary, our income is a secondary source of income. Our career choices are questioned, we are always pulled down when we try to soar high, we are questioned, we are doubted and it instills a fear of judgment and criticism in a woman. Our voice doesn’t matter and we have been living like this since ages because our system still lacks when it comes to facilities and arrangements for women in our country.
We want to work, we want to make our own identity, we want equal opportunities, we don’t want that “Aah! she is a woman after all” look in your eyes and attitude in your nerves for us. No matter how weak or strong we are, no matter how we look, no matter how we speak, no matter how clumsy we can be, no matter how bitchy we sound but we all have that burning desire deep down inside to do something and prove our mark in this world. We are above our clothes, our bodies, our beauty, we are fierce, ferocious and unapologetic.
Be your own boss ladies, buckle up, we got to do what we got to do.
Much love and gratitude
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