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The Womanhood Penalty: 5 Behaviours That Show Corporate India Has Some Serious Growing Up To Do

As a vice-president advising one of India's best-known companies, I was once asked to leave the room so a very senior member could crack an inappropriate joke. I was the only woman in the room, needless to say. Let's face it, corporate India isn't used to seeing women in positions of power. I've learnt to expect some curiosity, some inelegance and many awkward moments. Here's my list of workplace woes that illustrate how corporate India has a lot of growing up to do.
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The Pressures And Prejudices That Working Women Must Fight

They said that education was the solution to women's problems. They said that a job, a salary and the independence that came with it would set women free from the constraints imposed by a patriarchal society. But is a job alone enough to empower women or even allow her to live her life with dignity and security? Or is it a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire and exchanging one prison for two?
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Pick Your Husband Wisely: Your Career Depends On It

"The single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is." When I first read this quote by Sheryl Sandberg, the feminist in me was deeply offended. It seemed backward, belittling, and like something my grandmother would say in a "marriage-should-be-your-highest-ambition" sort of way. But as I continued reading Sandberg's book, Lean In, I found she was right -- particularly in regard to heterosexual relationships.
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Why Mothers Should Not Stop Earning Their Own Money

I didn't realize the power of financial independence until the day I stopped working and stopped earning. As long as my husband could support my and my family's needs, was it still important that I contribute to our monthly income too? Was it not contribution enough that I was tending to our family and taking care of all their non-financial needs? For lots of reasons, I started realizing that the answer to that question, for me, was no.
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I Am My Family's Super Hero

Over the years I have grown up physically as well as emotionally and mentally. I used to be this little girl whose world revolved around her dolls. What's changed is that I am not so little now, and m...
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Why Women In India have Jobs, Not Careers

Marriage is seen as the ultimate goal, not just an important milestone. With marriage, a woman ceases to be herself, losing herself in home management and the roles of wife, daughter-in-law, mother. A career is an afterthought. Many will tell you that the empowered women can make a choice between household and career, and they by their own free will choose the former. But there is a fundamental fallacy in this argument.
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17 Reasons Why A Woman Should Work

Many times I wonder why she should work - your friend, wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, any woman. After all, society accepts it if a woman stays home to look after her family's needs. And to try and juggle the responsibilities of home with work requires a feat of endurance, day after day. It's not an easy world out there, at the workplace, the public arena. So, why should she work?