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Monday, January 26, 2009

City's working woman: SILENT REVOLUTION

Tuff but Independent life:They don't look glamorous. They don't have the best paying jobs. Their employers are not listed in stock exchanges. There is nothing enviable about them. They are the working women of Delhi.

Together we can : A silent revolution is in process in this conservative capital of a conservative country. The women have started coming out from their homes. They commute in tightly packed buses, with shoulders touching the arms of men who are not their relatives. At work they spend a major part of the day with men who have never met their husbands or fathers. With these men, strangers to their families, they distribute their workload, crack jokes, and share midday meals.
Law & order: The women of Delhi have started coming into their own. They earn their own salaries and operate their own bank accounts. They do not have to ask for shopping money from their husbands. If something tragic happens--the death of a husband or a father, for instance--they don't have to look to others for support. They now stand on their own feet.
Come what may: But concerns remain. Although in urban India, a growing number of households have started discovering the advantages of working women and appreciate the consequent increase in monthly income, life for them is tough. The husbands do not yet share work in the household management, a domain still considered a woman's job. These women essentially are obliged to do straight double shifts(!)
Whatever it takes: For their bosses at work though, these women are treated simply as employees, not as mothers, wives, and daughters-in-law. Once back home after an exhausting day, there is no time to rest. Dinner needs to be cooked, children to be assisted with homework, and husband to be given time.
No matter what:Making inroads into a sector long established by statistics as a men's bastion, Paromita and Nivedita are but two ends of a wide spectrum in the Indian IT arena. If one is at the entry level of an IT-enabled company, the other has already climbed a few steps in an international IT firm. To paint the full picture, take a look at these figures: In the Indian IT industry, women now account for close to 30 per cent of the total workforce and this is expected to go up to 45 per cent by 2010. What is noteworthy is the steady rise of the figures. The figure, according to the Registrar General of India, as in 1981 was 19.7 per cent, which rose to 22.7 per cent in 1991, further rising to 25.7 per cent in 2001.


Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

nice post dedicated 2 woman power

Richa Saxena January 26, 2009 at 7:47 AM  

nice bolography on workig women...good work

Richa Saxena January 26, 2009 at 7:49 AM  

book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems.

Shilpi Verma January 26, 2009 at 7:51 AM  

good post,Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? "Keep her," I replied.... The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.

Ritika Pandey January 26, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

The original necessity for the ceaseless presence of the woman to maintain the altar fire -- and it was an altar fire in very truth at one period -- has passed with the means of prompt ignition; the matchbox has freed the housewife from that incessant service, but the feeling that women should stay at home is with us yet.

Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

We've got a generation now who were born with semiequality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache' cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.

Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?

Rashmi January 26, 2009 at 8:00 AM  

Men have been found to deny woman intellect; they have credited her with instinct, with intuition, with a capacity to correlate cause and effect much as a dog connects its collar with a walk.

Shreya Rajput January 26, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

nice to see post deidcated to woman power

Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

that was some read

Ashok January 26, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

Men have been found to deny woman intellect; they have credited her with instinct, with intuition, with a capacity to correlate cause and effect much as a dog connects its collar with a walk.

Austeen Sufi January 26, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

It would be as wise to set up an accomplished lawyer to saw wood as a business as to condemn an educated and sensible woman to spend all her time boiling potatoes and patching old garments. Yet this is the lot of many a one who incessantly stitches and boils and bakes, compelled to thrust back out of sight the aspirations which fill her soul.

Tracy January 26, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

wll documented, lovely bolography

Ria Taneja January 26, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

working woman in India have a long way to go but surely a lot has changed in last decade or, the word POWER in "Woman POWER' till needs some more meanings attached to it.

tripti January 26, 2009 at 9:47 AM  

Nice one, best part -- written by a man.keep it up !!

Dr. Neha Srivastav January 26, 2009 at 10:33 AM  

that was nice post on changing status of Metro poli woman and challenegs,obstacles they face.

Dr. Palki Vajpayee January 26, 2009 at 10:35 AM  

In a male dominant society, woman have long way to go but yes silent revolution has started, we will surely over take males very soon.

Er. Snigddha Aggarwal January 26, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

woman now is not the same what it used to be 15 yrs back a lot has changed but we still have long way to go. Nice to see rohit writting some serious stuff

Anonymous,  January 26, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

nice post n blog

अनु मिश्रा January 26, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

बेहतरीन लेख. नारी पर एक आदमी द्वारा लिखना अच्छी बात है. अभी हमे काफ़ी रास्ता तय करना है.

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