Why do educated Women in India struggle to obtain leadership positions?

INTRODUCTION

The good-old Indian mentality revolves around the fact that women are backward in their brains. Women cannot think like men when it comes to taking up leadership roles in any strata of society.
It is the innate desire of men to overrule women because Indian women cannot achieve great success all by themselves and are incomplete without their husbands.

IDEOLOGIES

• An Indian son grows up to protect his younger sister.
• An Indian husband ‘has’ to earn more for his wife’s well-being.
• An Indian father provides education to his daughters. But he makes them marry at an early age. So, their reproductive ages don’t get hampered when it’s time to bear children.
• An Indian grandfather shares stories of how women of his time were well-behaved, good looking, and were always there for their families.

STATISTICS

• India ranks 3rd lowest in the global representation of managerial positions of women. 2nd lowest being South Korea, and 1st lowest being Japan.
• Distribution up to 2019, Indian women constitute only 2 % of CEOs, 9% of business management roles, and 8% of management roles in India.
• A survey conducted in 2018 shows that 81% of women and 67% of men agree to the fact that things would work better if more women held leadership roles in government and companies across India.

BLOCKAGES

• LEADERSHIP IN MEN IS A REWARD, IN WOMEN, A CRITICISM
Men get rewards for displaying leadership roles like power, ambition, and position.
And, women get criticism, condemnation, and name tags for displaying those roles. Women are sensitive beings, no doubt about that. Due to such societal condemnation, women choose options that are safer for them. They curb their enthusiasms and try to pick career options that are not practical according to the world.


• UPBRINGING OF BOYS AND GIRLS
Indian families teach boys to be tough, aggressive, dream big, and give up familial responsibilities for pursuing careers. To get married and settled at a very late stage of life, and become the boss of their lives.
Whereas Indian families teach girls to be sensitive, kind, dream only about level-headed things, and never give up familial responsibilities for pursuing careers. To get married and settled at a very early stage of life, and become the subordinate of their husband’s life.

• PERPETUAL FEELING OF LACK OF CONFIDENCE, LOW ENERGY, AND LOSS OF CAPACITY
Indian women experience a perpetual feeling of lack of confidence right from their schooling years. They do not answer the questions in class due to the fear of losing their self-respect and earning a bucket of embarrassment.
Indian women pay the least attention to their general well-being. There-by, giving way to a myriad of health issues that terminate into low energy and loss of capacity-like feelings.

• DOMINANCE OF INDIAN MALES
In an Indian family, without a male presence, there are no decisions to make, no signatures to take, and no rules to set. The dominance of males begins in the house, and this mentality gets carry-forwarded to professional lives too. Male dominance gives a green signal to leadership roles for men and a red one for women.

• FIRST PRIORITY IS HOME. SECOND COMES CAREER
Before marriage, for an Indian woman, all that matters is her family, schooling, and graduating. After marriage, for an Indian woman, all that matters is her husband’s family, cooking, and managing her household chores. A career is a thought before marriage. After marriage, it becomes an uninvited and unwanted guest to an Indian woman’s life.

POSSIBLE RESCUES
Achieving gender equality in India is a long and demanding journey. It is not an overnight process. There should be measures, reforms, policies, and programs to achieve gender equality when it comes to taking up leadership roles by women in India.

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At Athena Wisdom Institute, women are not just empowered, but they get introduced to building Trust and Self-Confidence. Two of the essential traits a woman needs to take up a leadership role in any strata of society.

Here, the programs aim at igniting the innate fire within every woman’s soul. To make the difference she wishes to make. To dare to raise our voices, to seek and speak the truth, and to listen sincerely to everyone she meets.

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CONCLUSION

According to a report, India ranks 23 out of 56 countries. With only 8% of women occupying senior leadership roles. This percentage seems like a long-lost hope for Indian women. But it is also a reminder for them of how important it is to run after their careers.

Only significant reformative changes in the government itself can put forth the plea of Indian women in leadership roles. Let Athena Wisdom Institute AG help you go after the change you wish to see in the world, someday.