Incorrect Myths about Working Women
As much as we deny that society no longer discriminates between men and women, the fact remains that we have still not been able to completely rid ourselves of the different myths regarding working women. Working women at times are the worst sufferers of such stereotypes that are based more on misconceptions rather than facts and logic.
As women continue to climb the rungs of success, be it in any field from media to politics, business to technical posts, still on account of their minority status, certain hackneyed stereotypes are hurled at them that belittle their versatility and competence, as well as might limit their performance. For example, a woman who displays any form of emotion in the workplace is said to be too sensitive and fragile to lead. On the other hand, if she acts strong and strictly professional, she is cast as cold and unfeminine. This leads to a lose-lose situation for women.
Also, there exists a strong perception that women who make it big in their career are dominating towards men and do not prove to be good wives/homemakers. Naturally, this discourages many women from getting to power since they fear ending up sacrificing her personal life. The career-oriented women who do not wish to get married are made to confront harsh judgement. The Working Women Organization Executive Director Aima Mahmood has been reported saying that the media needs to pay immediate attention to the flawed portrayal of women in the media organs, which in turn affects public mind-set and might lead to preconceived notions about women.
Also, most people in India think of working women as “tough”, “masculine”, “brusque” etc. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that our society somewhere is still not very receptive to the idea of working women and are gradually readjusting to the transition. Such a delicate scenario makes women vulnerable to being typecast. And it is only worsened by media representation which, through its daily soaps, ads etc. deliberately or not, propagates the idea that those women whose dream is not to get married and have kids, but rather to prosper in her career, are usually manipulative, scheming, crooked-minded etc. Along the same lines, working women are believed to have connived her rise.
Besides, it is mistakenly presumed that working women have been hired by companies/organizations simply to have gender diversity in their team, rather than for their ability and efficiency. It is high time for people to realize that women are not simply tokens, but they have an active function in the working of an organization, to which they contribute with their education and experience.