“We were born free, within the chains of the society” this line may seem like an irony but then when you think over it doesn’t it seem like, yes this is so true! I think this is something which every woman born in this century thinks.
But then a new day brings hope and joy for every soul, in the same way these few years have changed the way women are treated in the society, there has been a change in the thinking of the minds of the society, and the issues relating to women has gained solutions over the past few years.
Every page you flip in a newspaper or every channel you switch on the news, you would be hearing things about girls getting raped, assaulted, traumatized and the list goes on.
History would tell us precisely about the women in the past. There were mostly found in the kitchen and other absurd places. For instances, modelling pictures in the 1970’s seemed to portray women as perfect in the kitchen and also the home as a place where they found their life’s fulfilment.
Women have seem to have grown a competitive advantage over men in these few years lately , more and more women have understood the need for education and to be financially independent so as to remove to the insecurities of her husband leaving, and having nobody to take care of financially.
The 21st Century woman now looks tall and elevated from the chains of the past and she now stands on a greater position. Today more than 70% of women work full or part-time paid jobs. Women now have rising wage rate. They have now acquired higher and more education and skill training which have greatly increased their productivity in the workplaces. Women’s wages have now increased over-time. In response to this rising salaries, more females have substituted work for having more children. This is more to be seen in married women.
With the elections coming closer, most of the political parties have emphasized upon the “women empowerment” issues. This shows that now people are becoming more aware of the issue and the consequences that are to take place if misbehaved with the women of our country.
With the technological improvement, the ‘apps’ that are being written for women safety can be of great use. These apps can be downloaded in one’s phone and will provide security in various ways by sending sms to your close ones regarding your whereabouts, sending alarm etc.
The apps are quite handy and easy to use, and can be downloaded easily from the app store, some of the top apps for women safety are:
1. 0 hour women safety app: this app lets you emit loud sound when in emergency and send broadcasts to you contact list
2. SOS stay safe: it helps women send SOS message to their family and friends in case of emergency
3. Bsafe-personal safety app
4. Safetipin:complete safety app
5. Women Safety Shield protection
Gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world.
The male dominated world was always reluctant to even acknowledge the fact that women were as good as men on parameters of hard work, intelligence quotient and leadership traits.
The new generation women across the world have overcome all barriers and have proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life including the most intricate world of entrepreneurship.
India too has its own pool of such bold and fearless women who have made a mark for themselves both within the country as well as overseas.
To take inspiration from, there are so many women out there who are now successful entrepreneurs, in every streams of business like the small screen diva-Ekta kapoor to the queen of finance that is Chanda Kocchar and the list goes on.
If you see television or read blogs about women issues there are so many stories of how women after being suppressed by the male gender, rose like “KALI MA” and fought back for their rights and respect.
The scenario now has changed there is no more of women being the less. Equality is something which women are now fighting for, the 21st century women are strong, smart and are no less compared to the men. If you think women belong to kitchens you are forgetting one thing, that is where the knives and rolling pin belong.
“The past would tell us categorically that women in the past had been put aside to the background” but now looking at what the 21st Century woman has been able to change the status quo I think they deserve a standing ovation they have not only changed their life but also have changed the world as a whole.
India as a country is still recovering from years of abuse ,and more years of economic suffering . It is only now that globalization, liberalization and other socio-economic forces which has given a rise to these bold ladies. However, there are still quite a few areas where women empowerment in India is largely lacking.
To change the lackings, there needs to be a change in the mind-set of the people in the country. Not just the women themselves, but the men have to wake up to a world that is moving towards equality and equity. It is better that this is accepted earlier rather than later, for our own good. We have a long way to go, but we will get there someday.