Struggling to get to the top: women from developing countries
While generalizations may state that women in the developed countries are the ones who are career-driven and goal-oriented, research shows that women in developing countries, and even under-developed countries are far more ambitious, and have loftier goals than their western counterparts.
This is true especially of women from India as well as China. Despite the overwhelming patriarchal bent of mind, and the numerous moral hold-ups, women from these countries are trying very hard to get to their goals. Rather than settling for a job “be-fitting” a woman, these women are entering all those fields which were reserved primarily for men, in the past. Research also shows that women from the developing countries are more ambitious in terms of getting higher positions at their workplaces. They are more competitive, and increasingly, people are finding it more lucrative to have women at top job positions instead of men.
This might have a great deal to do with the fact that women, from a very young age, have been taught to multi-task, in preparation for the numerous duties which are laden on to her once she gets married, or becomes an adult. A woman is a daughter, a wife, a daughter-in-law, a mother, a friend, a sister, a relative, and she must take care of all these relationships, along with being a good home-keeper, peace-maker, and a good manager of the overall family structure which by and large, rests upon a woman’s shoulders.
This is the training which women have received all their lives, and this is what is today, helping them to climb the ladders of success. However, women in these countries, despite being more dedicated, and more productive, have to face a number of challenges in order to fulfill their dreams.
Workplaces prefer not to take them, because they know that a woman will also have a family and children, which might divide her attention. Women themselves, are unable to take up work-related responsibilities because of the overwhelming family duties, and often, families do not approve of such a step.
The times and tides are slowly turning, however, and more and more women are rising to the realization that a family and children are not the ultimate goals in life. Many women are opting for a career, or are giving their careers equal importance. There are supplementary ways of taking care of the family, such as, getting a nanny for the children, and getting a cook for the house. Many women are rising to the realization that they need not be perfect home-makers in order to realize their full potential. They are rising to the fact that being home-makers in not what makes a woman all the time, and that much like men, they too, are at liberty to pick a choice, even if it may not be accepted by society at present.
Women from India and China are hard-working, are multi-tasking, are strong-minded and dedicated. One only needs to come up with ways to provide them opportunities to rise even further, and become centric to global commerce and the global workforce.