Sunday, November 07, 2010

Women Power

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Rajya Sabha passed the Women’s Reservation Bill in March ensuring 33% reservation. Lok Sabha has not arrived on the consensus yet to pass the said bill.
Cabinet is likely to take the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Bill for approval which will be tabled in this winter session.
In India, women are already making their identity in Panchayat Raj (ZP, Panchayat Samities, Municipal Corporations and Grampanchayats).
President of India, Speaker of Lok Sabha and President of major ruling party are Women and few of them are termed as powerful women.
CEOs of Most of the private banks are women. Women are really making their space in Indian society including politics and corporate.
In US labour force 51% are women. In India, still long way to go….but improving a lot.
Watch the TV commercials. The commercials are targeting women viewers.
Women make most of the purchasing decisions in everything from cars and computers, to real estate and tourism. They also are majority of Internet users and dominate the leading social media websites.
Fortune 500 Companies with more gender balanced leadership teams outperform their peers financially.
And most importantly, HR forums are dominated by Women.
All of these factors unite to create a huge and unmet opportunity: the massive arrival of women into the same economic roles as men. A whole part of the human population has been (rather suddenly) added to the sum total of human potential, innovation and creativity—for the very first time. And this shift is often seen as interesting but not paradigm-shifting. Yet it has consequences.
The subject of women and gender has long been discussed as an interesting but somewhat minor issue in the business world. It has been variously seen as a diversity issue, a Human Resource issue and an ethical debate about equality and equity. The growing economic, political and social consequences of women’s changing roles have not always been very clear to the people currently in power. Yet the issue of gender in the 21st century represents a major political, economic and social discontinuity. I think of it as one of the 2 W’s that is changing the lives of countries, companies and couples all over the planet:
1. Web: The technological revolution, the rise of the internet and the instantaneous inter-connection of people around the globe.
2. Women: the massive arrival of women into the economy and the resulting shift in gender roles and power, and the growth of the sum total of human intelligence
Getting these 2 W’s right is the key to unlocking huge opportunities and avoiding some of the biggest risks we have yet faced as a species. And getting them right will take the energy, understanding and commitment of both halves of the human population—the male and female.
The question is how to do this…..

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Vinod,

This is all philosophy. Women just work for second income. Women you mentioned are excepations. But most of the chunks are involved in gossping and spoiling the climate at workplace. They can be suitable for specific roles and for not all. If you hire them, you would end up adjusting theier leaves for personal reasons, maternity leave and so on. Plus they will ask the priviledge as female employees. In fact you will end up increasing your liability and cost. I am bluntly telling you this.

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Vaishali Pargaonkar (Gandhi) said...

@Anonymous:
With due respect to your biased opinions about women, just thought should bring to your notice certain facts about working women....

Found a piece that makes every women proud of being one!

"Tomorrow you may get a working woman, but you should marry her with these facts as well. Here is a girl, who is as much educated as you are;
Who is earning almost as much as you do;
One, who has dreams and aspirations just as you have because she is as human as you are;
One, who has never entered the kitchen in her life just like you or your Sister haven't, as she was busy in studies and competing in a system that gives no special concession to girls for their culinary achievements
One, who has lived and loved her parents & brothers & sisters, almost as much as you do for 20-25 years of her life;
One, who has bravely agreed to leave behind all that, her home, people who love her, to adopt your home, your family, your ways and even your family name
One, who is somehow expected to be a master-chef from day #1, while you sleep oblivious to her predicament in her new circumstances, environment and that kitchen One, who is expected to make the tea, first thing in the morning and cook food at the end of the day, even if she is as tired as you are, maybe more, and yet never ever expected to complain; to be a servant, a cook, a mother, a wife, even if she doesn't want to; and is learning just like you are as to what you want from her; and is clumsy and sloppy at times and knows that you won't like it if she is too demanding, or if she learns faster than you;
One, who has her own set of friends, and that includes boys and even men at her workplace too, those, who she knows from school days and yet is willing to put all that on the back-burners to avoid your irrational jealousy, unnecessary competition and your inherent insecurities;
Yes, she can drink and dance just as well as you can, but won't, simply Because you won't like it, even though you say otherwise
One, who can be late from work once in a while when deadlines, just like yours, are to be met;
One, who is doing her level best and wants to make this most important, relationship in her entire life a grand success, if you just help her some and trust her;
One, who just wants one thing from you, as you are the only one she knows in your entire house - your unstinted support, your sensitivities and most importantly - your understanding, or love, if you may call it..."

Anonymous said...

I do not agree. HR profession is made mess by the blonds. There may be sincere women, but when number increase, then god save that copmany.

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