Perception about feminism has been largely duality-laden – whether it comes from the progressive societies of the west or the traditional and conservative ones of Middle East or South Asia. Despite there being a universal acceptance of ‘Women Power’, women have been stereotypically restricted to a few careers and their work domain has been limited.
However, the last century scripted a turnaround in this regard and the present one has set new trends, with women opening up and working in diverse fields. Of late, there have been a few unusual careers, where women have started making a mark.
They have proved that it only needs one successful example to break the myth of ‘female specific jobs’. Especially in a country like India where progress has been marred by gender discrimination, this change is heartening.
There was a time when women wouldn’t leave the kitchens, seek work outside their family farms, or at the most, teach at a local school. Women have begun to seek emancipation outside these set roles and are progressively making their way into unconventional and hitherto male-dominated arenas.
Successful Career Women Show The Way
The field of politics, traditionally male dominated throughout the world, has seen great women leadership recently. From Condoleeza Rice and Hilary Clinton in the US, to Indira Gandhi in India or Angela Merkel in Germany – politics is now a woman’s cup of tea. Women in India are representing grass root panchayats and doing well. There is recognition, and fresh influx of faith in governance.
Women, who used to teach their sons to dream of space travel, are themselves treading into a gravity-free world and participating in so-called ‘male-specific’ hazardous tasks – mining, nuclear reactors and fire services.
Woman’s innate capability of patience, understanding and decision-making has opened up newer avenues of work to them. They are working as psychologists and counsellors (Anna Freud is a classic example in this regard) and helping people make their lives worth living. They are also using their skills as fitness experts, chefs, journalists and even astrologers.
Traditionally, women are excellent managers at home (be it financial, crisis or relationships), but as soon as they step out of homes – eyebrows are raised. However, entrepreneurs like Indra Nooyi, Kiran Shaw or even the meticulous SHG workers of Operation Flood have proved that the creator has not differentiated between genders; it is the formation of self-fulfilling prophecies in society that has resulted in such discrimination.
Whether it is in the defence sector, the field of science and technology, or even the sports arena – women are rising up and breaking the mould. They’re not limited to teaching and nursing now, and are even they are being appointed as train drivers, combatants and expert advisors.
India’s foreign secretary and the Chairperson of the Advisory Council are incidentally women and this was something unheard of in the dark medieval era of the Parda, Burqa and Sati. Administrators with an iron fist like Kiran Bedi have led from the front, whereas the Sisters in the Missionaries of Charity have taken care of the destitute.
The inception of a thought is a change in itself and an Egyptian girl yet again proved this recently when her message on a social networking site triggered a successful uprising. Women are causing upheavals now. As this awareness grows in modern generation about this open era – there is a need to kindle a bit of faith in those dark homes throughout the world where a girl child is still considered a bane.
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