Working Women in India and the Myths Surrounding Them

The population percentage of women in India is 48.4 percent while the percentage of men lies at 51.6 percent in the country’s population of 1.37 billion people and many Indian women do have access to higher education as compared to Indian men at about 27 percent. However, when one considers the workplace, only 27 percent of women in India are working paid jobs. Meanwhile, 82 percent of Indian men work paid jobs. 

The ‘Double Burden Syndrome’ is stopping women from working

What is being called the ‘Double Burden Syndrome’ that is affecting Indian women, the family must always come first for her before a job. However, ask any working Indian woman and she’ll tell you the stereotypes that surround women like her. The truth is that Indian society does have something against women who work and are sometimes waiting for them to fail. From stating that women are much too timid at the workplace to not being assertive enough when it comes to negotiating their paycheque, women are subject to much derision, much of it being inaccurate.

Women shouldn’t be a part of STEM

UNESCO revealed only 30 percent of women are a part of STEM in India and more women are dropping out of these careers. The biggest myth is that women are cannot be good at technical skills and therefore aren’t cut out for such work. Women are always associated with soft-skills and men with maths and science. However, the truth is that whether you are a man or woman, if you are in a STEM field, you must be good at both in order to succeed.

Women are too emotional at work

When women reveal any behavior that is typically feminine, they are always branded as too emotional and are therefore not capable of leadership. However, when they take leadership notes from men, they are branded as cold and evil. Indian culture sees women as fragile creatures who are incapable of making their own decision and sometimes this translates to the workplaces.

Sexual harassment is a woman’s problem

People forget that both men and women can be sexually harassed and hence, it is not the problem of only one gender. However, since more women than men have spoken about it, this has been branded a female issue rather than a human one which is affecting the entire workforce.

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