SheThePeople.TV is proud to present the Women Writers’ Fest in collaboration with Vedica Scholars on February 25 and 26. The fest will provide a forum for women to come together and discuss issues that are pertinent to them. The themes of the festival will focus around women in the workplace, and what we must do to inspire women to pursue meaningful careers.
We asked students how they think gender affects one’s life and whether they think women can have it all. While some said that they have never consciously looked at their gender, others say that gender has had a huge role to play.
Being a woman in the workforce
Pratistha says that being a woman, she will have to strive harder than her male counterparts to be perceived as a responsible employee of the organisation. “I believe in being professional and performing in a way that no one can question my authenticity and integrity.”
Nupur Khanna says that she will embrace her emotional intelligence and not shut it off as she has done before.
Meghana Koppala had a differing view. She said that she has never consciously thought about her gender in the workplace.
“Being a woman, you come across as an emotional and needy person, which you are not,” says Aayushi
Women can do anything, says Prathyusha Pothuguntla.
Being gender-just is the key, says Sanya Kalani.
The students seemed to hint that being a woman in the workforce does come with unique challenges, but they seemed confident that above all, good work will ultimately get its reward.
Women are no less than men. A woman has everything it takes to be a leader, says Aayushi.
How does gender affect lifestyle?
Many students said that gender doesn’t affect their lifestyle. However, many spoke about the stereotypes they have had to face.
“Being a woman, you come across as an emotional and needy person, which you are not,” says Aayushi.
Meghna Koppala adds that she just recently thought about the fact that with everything she chooses to do, ‘self doubt’ takes over. ‘Maybe’ becomes the easiest way out. I never knew that being a woman might have had something to do with it.
”I believe in being professional and performing in a way that no one can question my authenticity and integrity.”
Women can break stereotypes, but they can’t break all, says Prathyusha Pothuguntla.
Prapurna Sharma says that as women, we have the capability to manage much more at a time.
Stereotypes affect both genders, many of the students seemed to imply.
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