Are working women happier than homemakers?
Until a few decades ago, women did not enjoy the freedom to work for a livelihood nor did she have much access and exposure to the outer world. Her home was her sphere of existence, and daily chores were her sole occupation. However, times have undergone a radical change. Today, women are working everywhere – educational institutions, media houses, business firms, you name it and she is there!!
However, there are still some women and men who believe that women are better-off as homemakers. These people still hold on the traditionally-defined roles of both men and women, and opine that any kind of discrepancy disturbs the family situation and leads to anarchy at the home front. A coin has two sides. Therefore, it is needless to say that both working women and homemakers enjoy their own share of advantages and suffer certain disadvantages.
Working women are financially independent, thus, they do not have to look up to someone for economic support. They can fulfill their own needs and luxuries, and to an extent, even their children’s and parents’. She contributes not only to the family income but also to the country’s GDP. By working, she is doing justice to the education she has received, and to the intelligence and skills she has been blessed with, which would have otherwise been dormant and useless. She also remains updated with the different ongoings of the world, as her life is not confined within her home. Her knowledge and efficiency increases and she renders her service to a purposeful activity. Also, in earlier days, when the woman was divorced or widowed, she had no means of supporting herself or her children. But now working women are capable enough to fend for herself and her children, in case of marital separation or widowhood. However, their families often feel neglected as they come home weary and saturated after a day’s work, and are therefore not able to spare much time for her family.
On the other hand, housewives are able to devote her undivided time and attention to her family. She can look after her home, husband and kids in a much better manner. Children of homemakers often feel privileged as they receive lot of care and affection from the mother. She is wholly involved in the matters of her home, and devotes her energies solely in home-making. But on the other hand, she can be of no help economically and if she is qualified, then her talent gradually withers away.
Thus, the choice should be left to the woman concerned to decide whether she wants to work full time, part time or stay at home. It is after all her life, and she has the right to choose her own path. Women are undoubtedly good at multi-tasking, and if she wants to work, she will try her best to take care of her family as well as office work. These days a woman can also choose between a wide choice of part-time jobs, freelance careers, or work-from-home options, according to what she feels is the best for her and her family. Instead of parents, husbands or in-laws imposing their wish on her, or being judgmental about her decision, she should have the autonomy to take the final call and be encouraged to pursue it whole-heartedly.