Considering the facts and figures, it can be easily said that women's contribution in India's economy has been astonishing, and they are going from strength to strength in every sphere of life.
THE WOMEN workforce has been playing a very significant role in the expansion and growth of the Indian economy, and is now a force to reckon with. Over the years their contribution has been increasing - vindicating the hypothesis of leading feminists that women are second to none in the world.
The information and statistics available with the leading government department, Registrar General of India, corroborates the above mentioned lines. The statistics reveal that in the year 1981, the share of women in the workforce was 19.67 per cent; it emphatically rose to 22.3 per cent in the year 1991.
The 2001 statistics brought another milestone for women workforce as their share reached a noteworthy figure, 25.68 per cent.
The statistics further highlight that in rural areas, the women workforce participation was 30.98 per cent, while in urban areas, the picture is not that rosy, here the work participation for women workforce was 11.55 per cent. The figures evidently points out to the meagre participation of women workforce in work in urban areas, however, it is crucial to mention here that in rural areas majority of women are engaged in agricultural domain. While in urban areas as they are equipped with good education they are engaged in many noteworthy spheres, namely, education, science and technology, media and medical.
Lets talk a little about, females’ managerial skills, undoubtedly, they have performed well on this pivotal front, and in comparison to their male counterpart, they are naturally superior. Remember your mother, how good she was in managing home affairs, when you were a child. She was taking care of the kitchen, school fees, uniforms, groceries and host of others things. In the corporate world, female bosses command more respect as they don’t wear their ego on their sleeves. Emotionally very strong, they think twice before firing or scolding subordinate employees.
Many women have broken the glass ceiling in the corporate world. Owing to their incredible knowledge, sheer hard work and remarkable performance, they have created a respectable niche for themselves in the corporate world and society as a whole. Pepsi Co head honcho, Indira Nooyi, ICICI Bank’s Chanda Koccher and Biocon’s Kiran Mazumdar Shaw are some of the names that deserve the mention here.
Considering the facts and figures, here, I would like to say that women’s contribution in India’s economy has been phenomenal, and their role and performance can not be disregarded. Imagine a situation wherein, we are without iconic lades such as Indira Gandhi, Chanda Koccher and Kiran Bedi. I think without the contribution of female workforce, India would not have been what it is today.
Salute to woman power! No more Ruchika and Radhika please.