When talked about women in leadership positions, names of famous leaders in politics, society and business, comes to our mind. However, this write-up is not about Angela Merkel, Julia Gillard, Dilma Rousseff, Christine Lagarde, Aung San Suu Kyi or any one towering personality. This is about women in general, especially who are leaders without having aura associated to it. Through this piece, we will try to present a picture that even though seems grim but, has been trading on the positive path.
The glass ceiling of corporate world had been broken by many, nevertheless, the process of self-assertion for women is a continuous one. We are in the 4th wave of feminism, which primarily focuses on unique nature of every single women, the personal decision detached from societal norms and challenging traditional gender roles.
Gender Equality: Pleasing the Eye, But Not A Reality
The Australian parliament has nearly 24% of women representation, which is not the best in the world but is better than many countries. In this millennium, women have risen to more leadership positions than before, for instance the number of female presidents in colleges have grown, so did the percentage of women in combat roles. Similarly, the rise in female entrepreneurs in Australia and across the globe has been promising.
But, if everything is going great, why are the gender equality parameters still dismal. The Gender Inequality Index, Global Gender Gap Report and Gender Development Index still show that apart from a few countries that can be counted on fingers, many still struggle to accept women in a position of power. The male chauvinism is still prevalent in many homes, thereby, highlighting numerous opportunities for gender sensitisation.
Women Are Born Leaders
As per a study, women have all the qualities that require to be better leader than men, but if the men do not cooperate, how far can they go?
The 2018 theme for women’s day was #PressForProgess. Such progress can only be realised if the men espouse along with women for this cause. The pay parity debate is another aspect that put women on a weaker foot across all fora.
Macho-ism Myth Breaker
One important aspect that ruins the party every time is “hard work”. Men or to put in better way, macho men, consider that hard work is a forte of men because of muscle power. But, most psychologist would disagree and break this myth. Women can handle every kind of pressure, be it fear of death to fear of losing a loved one. So, next time you come across any such discussion bust the myth rather than being a mute spectator.