There seems to be this thought process that women’s day celebration at work brings a divide between men and women. In a place where all genders work together harmoniously, celebrating women’s day is like glorifying the contributions of women and/or highlighting the achievements of only women. I can see why men feel left out and underappreciated on this day. If the celebrations aren’t done right, it could even be seen as subtle discriminating against men. Let me explain why celebrating women’s day at work is actually beneficial for the men in the next generations. Continue reading
Like most workplaces, my office also celebrates women’s day. As part of the women’s action network, I have been actively involved in the celebrations. Over the years, we have been conducting games and events such as sessions and discussions specifically targeted at women. While the games served as a networking opportunity for women, the sessions inspired them and gave them a platform to voice their opinions and concerns. We also organized a few events that included all employees.
A few years back, we added one extra element to the celebration and that seems to have bothered a few men. Continue reading
I often come across book lists that feature women writers. This women’s day, instead of giving you yet another list of books by women, I wanted to share books for women and about women. No, this is not a list of “chick-lit”. And no, not a feminism 101 reading list either. I will post one in the future when I’m well-read on the topic.
In this post, I will be sharing books that have meant a lot to me, that are on my must-read list and that are constantly being recommended to me. This list will be across genres but will feature books that centre around women. Continue reading
Take a moment to go through the two descriptions below and think about what you read:
She carried herself well in a sleeveless, animal printed, cropped top paired with denim shorts. Her striking makeup looked great on her. The red streaks in her hair complimented her top. Her accessories were matched to be in fashion. As she walked in, she had an air of confidence. Her long strides were perfection. She could totally pull off being a model.
Across the hall, there was a woman dressed in a simple classy ball gown. Her elegant outfit was matched with beautiful pearl accessories. Her subtle makeup looked natural and enhanced her beauty. Her hairdo was in line with the overall graceful look. When she greeted her guests, her warm smile, and soft voice made her look like the perfect host.
What did you think of the two women described above? Continue reading
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Continue reading
Like many other women, I am so sick of tampon and sanitary pad advertisements that I decided to rant about it. The ads make it appear as if we can conquer the world during that time of the month. I don’t know about others, but I can hardly get out of bed to go to work. Continue reading
First published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Continue reading
In the first episode of the TV series ‘House’, Cameron is shocked that House hired her because of her good looks. House asks her, “Would that upset you, really, to think that you were hired because of some genetic gift of beauty instead of some genetic gift of intelligence?” Only then it hits me that intelligence can also be considered as a genetic gift, just like beauty.
Why do we glorify intelligence while we think low of beauty, as if it is some unearned gift? Why is it that a beautiful, brainy woman wants to be called intelligent and not pretty at work? Here are some points why this might be the case: Continue reading
Being a single girl child, I have always been the apple of my parents’ eyes. Till college, my only job was to study and was never expected to do any kind of household tasks. My parents are quite traditional and believe that girls should be treated like princesses. All that matters to them is that I am brought up with good morals and can think independently, it is alright if I do not lift a finger at home. My dad’s logic is that I need to be cherished while I’m young because I will have a lot of responsibilities once I get married and step into my spouse’s house. Continue reading