Unlike the past where women used to only take care of children and the household, nowadays the number of working women has increased immensely. Women are thriving in their professions, holding high positions in the business world. However, with success comes a great deal of obstacles. So here are some of the most common problems that working women face at present.
A working woman is expected to play a double role; one at work and another at home. She is expected to follow her passion while also maintaining good family relationships. A balance between these two roles is one of the main problems that she faces. It can be a daunting task to complete the project report on time while tending to your children’s homework, attending an important meeting while participating in your child’s kindergarten Newtown parents-teacher conference. Hence women are expected to use their multitasking skills and maintain balance.
The number of career opportunities that come women’s way is very less compared to men. It could be thought that people assume women are not good or worthy enough for a ground-breaking opportunity. However, there could be some inabilities too to take up such opportunities due to family ties. It is not as easy as leaving your child at a trusted family day care and going to work. You may have to move to another area or change your daily timetable. No matter what said and done, family comes first.
Discrimination and harassment
Discrimination starts at the interviewing process itself where women are thought to be less competent and skilled, and hence are rejected. Rather than complimenting and encouraging women, most people let them down. They are always being told they are weak and unable. Also, sexual harassment, theft, molestation etc. are very common at work places today. The biggest problem is when women do not raise their voices against it. Silence is not the solution.
Women are poorly rewarded for their work at an organization. If you compare two equal posts in an organization, it can be noticed that the woman is paid less. The cause for this is again assuming that women are not competent enough. Achieving parity in this world will take a long time, however taking the first step towards it is every person’s responsibility.