So here’s a common story attached to most women. According to a Periodic Labour Force Survey, there is a huge gap in women’s participation in the labour force. This grim picture is also visible in the Gender Inequality Index by the World Economic Forum.
Thus, the fundamental question arises: why are the conditions of women in employment worse? According to my analysis, women hold a dual burden in their lives: the first one is the existing competition in the employment market, given the low number of vacancies and a large number of applicants.
However, this burden is common for both men and women, though men have stronger financial backing and more confidence due to the patriarchal environment of our society. For example, having late-night discussions on Google Meet or Zoom are impossible for the majority of women, to the extent that attending a video call for a peer-to-peer discussion is treated as taboo.
If the boy struggles to clear an exam, it is because of competition. But in the case of girls, spending 15 minutes each day with friends on group chat is commemorated as a reason for failure.
All these attached stigmas lead to low confidence, and this results in the poor employment ratio of the women. Though these will seems like minute issues, they collectively, and in a particular time frame, prove to be a blunder for women. Obviously, the solution lies in society. We need to be hopeful that one day, we women will not be judged by anyone on any matter.