As we wrap up the second decade of the 21st century, it seems appropriate to look back at some of the most influential women of the recent past.
India has among the lowest female labour participation in the workforce, at just 27 per cent, which has registered a decline over the past two decades. The world average, as per World Bank, stands at 48.47 per cent. Our neighbouring countries fare much better than India – Nepal has 82.69 per cent of its women in the labour force, Bangladesh has 33.19 per cent, while Sri Lanka has 34.90 per cent of its women working.
For aeons women have been perceived as caregivers and homemakers. Not much has changed in that aspect, except that in the 21st century they handle a more responsibilities than that!
The Armed Forces has traditionally been one of the most male-dominated professions in the world. It was only in the year 1992 that the Indian Armed Forces opened its doors to women in roles apart from medical ones, while in February 2016, the Indian government approved the induction of women in combat roles in all sections of the armed forces.In a move that is set to bring cheer to all those women who aspire to be a part of the armed forces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stated that it will ensure the permanent commissioning of women officers in the armed forces.Across the years, women have proven that they have all the grit and determination it takes to serve and succeed in any role. This International Women’s Day, let’s salute the brave women of the armed forces who have strived hard to break the glass ceiling.
The saying—the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—reflects how intricately aligned the notion of nurture and care is to cooking and how the same is perceived as one of woman’s foremost objectives in life. Patriarchal societies that otherwise set limits on the aspirations of women dares not to mess with the freedom she enjoys in the kitchen, for it is highly convenient for men to evade such a monotonous task.
I understand you care about me and always want me to be safe. The fear of something bad happening to me is always on your mind, and truly I appreciate it.
While an average educated woman is aware how exploitative patriarchy can be, awareness doesn’t always translate to emancipation. Some might want to avoid confrontation, while others find a strange joy in being owned and dictated in day-to-day matters, provided they feel needed and cocooned with care.
Manu Bhaker has made the country proud by shooting her way through her second consecutive gold medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup at Mexico City. The Haryana girl shot a total of 237.5 to defeat Alejandra Zavala Vazquez, the local favourite, making the 16-year-old the youngest Indian shooter to win a World Cup gold. Navjot Kaur: International wrestler Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman to win gold at the recently held senior Asian Championship at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The 28-year-old wrestler beat Japan’s Miya Imai 9-1 at the recently held Championship. The daughter of a farmer from the Bagaria village located near the border town of Tarn Taran in Punjab, Kaur’s father had to borrow heavily to support her training and had accumulated a loan of around Rs 13 lakhs over the years. Kaur’s win will help lessen her family’s burden.
While Team USA's been provided with red, white, and blue uniforms, many would wear black, carry a white rose, or accessorize with a Time's Up pin — if it didn't break several International Olympic Committee laws.
Oprah Winfrey declared a “new day” for women and girls facing down abusive men as her powerful speech to the Golden Globe Awards stirred talk that she has a political future.
Did you know, an average woman uses 11,000- 17,000 sanitary napkins in her lifetime. Plastic blocks airflow to the vagina, which can be a direct cause of cervical cancer, UTIs, yeast infections, rashes, allergies and painful periods. This is exactly the reason why Deepanjali Damlia came up with the idea of natural and biodegradable sanitary napkins for women.
Well, it appears The Daily Mail has finally outdone itself. After reporting rumours that First Lady Melania Trump used to be a sex worker (and getting hit with a whopping lawsuit in response), the British tabloid's latest cover reduces the leaders of the U.K. to...a headline about their legs? The cover features British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon alongside the headline "Nevermind Brexit, who won Legs-it!" This is a headline that, aside from being astoundingly sexist and objectifying and generally in poor taste both politically and journalistically, is also a question.
Bollywood’s affinity to lyrics which border on crass and insulting is what prompted Akshara Centre, a woman’s organization which works towards gender equality, to launch #Gaanarewrite, a social media campaign where participants were asked to rewrite certain Bollywood songs that reeked of misogyny, with new lyrics that take a dig at the stereotypes that many Bollywood songs are replete with. #Gaanarewrite and ‘What were you wearing’, are just two among the many hard hitting social campaigns that have been tackling issues plaguing women – from safety, gender equality, to sexual freedom to breaking stigmas surrounding aspects of life such as menstruation. The campaign, #Shareyourstory, released by Delhi based NGO Breakthrough, aimed at breaking the silence about sexual harassment, features many such stories.
March 8 is International Women’s Day. As part of our ongoing series celebrating Women’s Day we asked women professionals and entrepreneurs about the movie(s) that inspired them growing up.
"Even though I may have a little extra pooch and lots of tiger stripes, I longed for wounds like these."
While bets were on Lady Gaga to get political during her half time performance, the Schuyler Sisters beat her to it.
Bono, a man, won a Woman of the Year Award from Glamour. “I think it’s gonna be hard to give another one of these awards next year, because, frankly, there is no one better deserving than Bono. Ali Hewson, Bono, Eve Hewson and Jordan Hewson attend the Glamour Celebrates 2016 Women Of The Year Awards.
Donald Trump, who has repeatedly insisted that no one respects women more than him, called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the third and final debate on Wednesday night — sparking a fiery outcry on Twitter and even a “Nasty Woman” shirt that benefits Planned Parenthood.
They say… if men are from Mars, then women are definitely from Venus. The fairer sex, that is, women, have always managed to be a mystery. On the other hand, it takes much more than an attractive face and a sexy body for a man to continue being interested in a woman.
When we heard that more and more women — women in the 60+ age group, to be specific — were experimenting with brightly colored hair, we were all about it.
Growing up as Chinese-Americans in the predominately white Bay Area of the ‘90s, Jenny and Willa Jin knew their eyelids were different.
Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee on Tuesday night. She will become the first woman in U.S. history to secure the presidential nomination of one of the country’s two major political parties. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)