This year for Women’s Day, a few of us decided to get together and have a week long blogging tag on the theme for the year ‘Pledge For Parity‘. Today I invite you to read these posts and think upon the ideas shared.
A while back I read this bit of truth from Gloria Steinham.
“I’ve yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”
I remembered it when I read Parul Thakur’s post ‘Change begins with you‘
A couple of years ago, I was talking to an acquaintance who mentioned of leaving work in a month. Curious as I can get, I asked the reason and got to know that this young woman (early 20s) was getting married. So I asked why leave work and then the response surprised me. “May be my husband and in-laws wouldn’t want me to work after marriage”.
Talking about women and careers, Nabanita Dhar shared her experience with getting a promotion in her company in her post I #PledgeForParity. Do You?
How hard it is, for women to go ahead even in organizations which have clearly outlined policies against gender bias? How hard it is for them to be given the opportunity to be something? And even when given the opportunity, there are still people who can’t quite stomach seeing women even hold, let alone do well in important positions?
This was only about me, a nobody. If Hillary Clinton, a woman vying for Presidency, in one of the world’s most powerful nation, is subjected to deliberate misogynist propaganda, how are the lives and conditions of women anywhere else any better?
In her post, Women Need More Time, Richa Singh explained her ideas of feminism and parity.
When people challenge the idea of feminism, it hurts my heart to explain to them that we too wish to live in a world where there is no need of feminism.
Parity is not equality. No. Parity is understanding that yes we are different. We have different needs.
And hence we need laws, ideas, cultures that cater to these needs. The differences in our needs.
Esha Mookerjee Dutta, in her post Mind The Gap: Let’s Pledge for Parity talked about how the gap between genders which starts in childhood is maintained in both personal and workplace relationships.
Policies and legal mechanisms alone cannot help in curbing the problems faced by women at the workplace –the bigger challenge is to change the mindset and the overall attitude and acceptance level of the people. Just letting women work outside home does not mean that society treats men and women equally. We need women to be more vocal and men to pro-actively support the issues and problems that face them at home and in their workplaces.
In Changing Mindsets, Sharing Responsibilities, Anamika Agnihotri called attention to the disparity between men and women in families. She shared how she is working towards changing this mindset in the way she raises her son.
I often think how can we work upon changing the mindsets which hampers the parity between the status of a man and a woman in our daily lives and I realize there is hardly anything I can do to change the mindset of my generation or the previous one, given the patriarchal backgrounds with strict compartmentalized roles they come from. But what I can do is to work with the next generation, my son, and setting him free from the gender stereotypes to be able to create parity in gender roles in my own small way.
Yes, it’s a few days past Women’s Day, but the issues remain.
We took the pledge and invite you to do the same.
We blogged about it and invite you to do the same.
If you’ve written a post already or are inspired to write a new one today add your posts to the linky at the bottom of this post. Visit, comment on and share the posts linked here with the hashtag #pledgeforparity