From mindset to resources, inner self to society, mentoring to networking; working women and female entrepreneurs face a great deal of talked and un-talked difficulties not only in India but also, world across. Even though many Indu Jain’s (Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd., which owns the Times of India and other large newspapers) have been produced across India, yet the struggling and the settled entrepreneurs still have to experience the traditional mindset, mockery, baseless apprehensions, discrimination at n number of levels and also a number of other traumatic accusations.
According to MBA Crystal Associates, women lack the shrewdness that is required for a business to run. I, completely, shocked by their comment and astonished to see how the educated and the educators of, not only the society but also of the educational institutions, believe in a notion like this.
Across India and the world, women are perceived as bad investors, less shrewd and incapable of building an empire. Believed to be having an inferior approach and not too confident gives them a question of self-doubt and a lower self-esteem. It is not that they are incapable of achieving heights rather the world is inflicted and messed with it’s own corrupted, polluted and traditional methodologies and ways of thinking. This side of the world forgets to look at the examples of Indra Nooyi, Ekta kapoor, Neelam Dhawan and Simone Tata who are not only an inspiration but “women”. Living in a country like India, where a lot of social stigmas and apprehensions are attached to a woman, being the boss of men ,is still considered to be an ego issue: leading to a continuous process of demeaning women in ways too childlike. I believe the concept of “power over” needs to replaced by “power with”. But the dream that it is for now, can’t blind us from the issues women face whether working under or over people.
The issue is not whether the females are good entrepreneurs or not, but the question is, “Do we, our country, our society, and governmental institutions, give the females of their nation, what is needed to even reach the stage of dreaming to become one independent working professional?” The answers we know, the numbers we have, all in front of us but what we lack is the acceptance. According to the Sixth Economic Census released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, women constitute around 14% of the total entrepreneurship i.e. 8.05 million out of the total 58.5 million entrepreneurs, noted the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Quoting our current Vice President, “the lack of equal access to education & employment, inequalities in the labour market, rising sexual violence and unequal division of unpaid care and domestic work remain the key barriers to their advancement. Saying that gender disparity hinders women’s empowerment and their integration in mainstream, the Vice President argued for a major shift in our mindset which would lead to a positive attitude towards women and their role in society.”
The whole question of arguing would fade away if equal opportunities and equity is not a part of the process. The concept of glass ceiling, subordination of women, results in them to always be at the former end.
Unequal pay and lack of family support adds on the same making it a dish hard to digest for women not only in India but the globe across.
What I still feel fail to understand is why some people regard working women as bad mothers? Do we compare working fathers on the same tangent as well?
The facts should be such that Good and secure working conditions be so prominent unintentional that leads to the empowering of the masters of the womb to that of the cubicles and boardrooms!