Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, something I’m not really into simply because I’m not really into Feminism . This because I believe I am already equal or perhaps at times more than equal to the men in my life. But with International Women’s day knocking at the door, gender issues and women’s inequality are hot topics in all kinds of media.
Early this morning, I read a very interesting post featured in The Huffington Post by Shantala which everyone should read.
Nabanita Dhar introduced the topic of Parity for Women in her post last evening . It seems some bloggers at WRITE TRIBE have decided to post a host of blogs on their own websites and call for friends, colleagues, employees, clients or the general public to help accelerate gender parity by making a pledge for parity via their own websites.
This was rather like a game of tag I thought and this morning I found Richa blogging about her pledge to parity and tagging Corinne to join in with her the International Women’s Day post tomorrow on Everyday Gyaan.
Both these bloggers had some very interesting ideas to share and I am looking forward to Corinne’s take on this one.
Social media is a great way to generate awareness and often times ideas take root and are spread like wild fire. And unlike the game of Chinese Whispers, the facts aren’t distorted and the message that is shared among millions is shared in toto.
I must confess that I am not a “working” woman – I only work at home and from home. However, I am aware of all the prejudices that women face in the workforce and the hurdles they have to battle to prove themselves better than their male counterparts, having heard countless stories from my working mother , working daughters, friends and several other members of my family.
What is really surprising is that it is the women themselves who often sell themselves short- accept lower salaries for “part time” work which often has them working longer hours and enjoying fewer benefits than their male counterparts or even other women. They tacitly accept any reductions in privileges or even the ridiculous explanation that they are given a loose rope only because they are women. For instance a woman who comes late to work because of a sick child is reprimanded while a man who uses the same excuse is praised for being a good, hand on dad!
To my mind, working women don’t need parity, they need MORE than mere parity. Working women are more diligent, more loyal, more conscientious and work longer hours than most men, since they also work at home.
But of course, before the seesaw tips the other way, the wages have to be balanced first. It is time women’s work be recognised and their contribution to society acknowledged and rewarded. After all, as Chairman Mao always said : Women hold up half the sky . However, in Ban Ki-Moon’s words
Women hold up more than half the sky and represent much of the world’s unrealized potential. They are the educators. They raise the children. They hold families together and increasingly drive economies. They are natural leaders. We need their full engagement… in government, business and civil society.
Doesn’t that entitle her to an equal wage at the very least?
Posting this on #MondayMusings