WOMEN ON TOP IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Women are shifting to new role identities from the relational mother to that of the provider, traditionally attributed to men. Globalisation has lead to women moving into newer roles around the world as women are supposed to have greater efficiency as workers as they put in both their head and heart into it. Women are undertaking new social roles but are often bound by traditional conservative roles which hinder them but yet they have emerged winners in all fields. Women are struggling to redefine their social and business roles in relation to their self identity.
As mothers, we all have had the experience of having a life grow inside us. And there cannot be a more revolutionary moment in a woman s life than this breath taking event and we become an inseparable link to the human chain of life and this quest leads us to live a good life. Women can use their natural abilities as peace makers and mediators to turn the tide against war and conflict and as harmony seekers and nurturers to raise a family with moral and cultural values.
The 21st century women have successfully carved a niche for them in their personal, business or political lives. They are urging women to be tougher, to learn to fight and to learn to play the game in the world like men. But the trip to the Top has never been easy for women especially in a male oriented workplace. It has only been possible because they are willing to work with men and willing to change the work scenario by their feminine presence, charm and hardwork.
Women today believe that they cant live by the rule that they need to sit at home. It’s the age of women power. They also believe that a fit body along with sound mind are essential for a healthy and enriching life. Many women today, who are at the very top of their careers are more likely to be found in a boardroom than the kitchen. They are juggling their work and their homes with the deftness of a magician. Women like Meera Borwankar [Police Commissioner Crime], Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Kiran Bedi, Ela Bhatt, Shobha De, Anuradha Desai [Venkys Group] are some of the successful women who have reached the top on their sheer determination and hardwork. Women personailities like Medha Patkar [social worker] and Taslima Nasreen [writer], Barkha Dutt [Television] have sacrificed the safe cacoons of their homes to voice their opinions and reach the social and work ladder.
In the end, howsoever successful a woman on Top is, she has to eventually return to her home and a family as career achievements rarely add up to the sum of a successful life. We women need not give up having a family to pursue our goals. The philosophy and wisdom of a woman’s value will not be in trying to imitate men but in honouring our womanhood and femininity. In addition to bearing, raising and nurturing our children, we also share a united responsibility to improve each of our home, towns, cities and nations.