I have house full of women – my mother, my wife, our 2 daughters and one foster daughter. And also for a very long time, at work, I was head of the HR function dominated by women. So I can proudly say that multiple women have been responsible for my accomplishments.
Post COVID, with WFH becoming a necessity, I am hoping a lot more women will continue their corporate journey until retirement, rather than giving it up mid-way for various reasons.
In my view, if we must celebrate women, let us celebrate freedom from stereotypes, from expectations, from idolisation, from sacrifice…
Let us Stop congratulating women for being the secret behind a successful man… Instead Start saluting them for being successful!
Let us Stop saying that the mother is sacred for all the sacrifices she makes…Instead Try to reduce those sacrifices!
Let us Stop telling women they are beautiful… Instead Try telling them it’s not important to be beautiful!
Let us Stop praising her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister…instead let us Celebrate her as an individual, a person, independent of relationships.
Let us Stop justifying her necessity to multi task…. Instead Give her a chance not to!
Let us Stop these constructs which are aimed at making her strive for an impossible balance… Instead Let her be inadequate and happy!
Let us Stop making her look at herself through a viewpoint. Instead Let her be imperfect, whimsical, irresponsible, boorish, lazy, fierce, opinionated, loud, flabby, ungroomed, adventurous, unpredictable, unprepared, impractical…
and YET be SPECIAL.
That will be true women empowerment in my view.
Finally, let us not only empower women, but also prepare men to set their expectations right.
To all the ladies – Best wishes on International Women’s Day.