International Women’s Day #MondayMusings

International Women's DayTomorrow 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? 

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. I find myself agreeing with you. Women are the nurtures, they are the ones who educate and condition the children, bind the family. Unfortunately the potential of women is not fully tapped and the parity exists more on papers than in real. Hope that the engagement level goes up along with the contribution of women to the economy.

  2. I grew up (I am 63 and a native of the United States) in a world where women were assumed to be both intellectually and physically inferior. When you are taught that way, it is hard to get over it, even when you know it is wrong. Yes, women sell themselves short. What is so sad is seeing this so true today in today’s young women, even though the world has changed so much.

    1. Sadly much as we won’t admit it , things aren’t going to change much. I think there is a more biological reason for this disparity which we women refuse to accept and acknowledge

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