Interesting Reads

The Curious Case of MISSING WOMEN at the Top

Against the robust structural transformation of the economy and the resultant urbanisation, the potential GDP opportunity for India by increasing the FLFPR is increasingly gaining traction among the economists, industrialists and policymakers. Given this backdrop, the consistently low FLFPR alongside the declining share of women with advanced educational qualification, despite a steep increase in enrolment of women in tertiary education, warrants scrutiny of the pattern of participation of women in the country’s corporate sector and explore the means of improving their equity at the top. READ MORE

What Sets Women Leaders Apart?

As women succeed in roles and fields that have traditionally been realm of male leaders, we need to ask a larger question: are we spawning a breed of extraordinary women? Are women in the workforce developing in ways that men are not? READ MORE

Seven Ways the World is not Designed for Women

When a last-minute spacesuit switch saw the cancellation of Nasa's all-female space walk, it sparked bigger conversations about how women navigate a world appeared to be designed for men. READ MORE

The Marriage Penalty on Women in India

An exclusive focus on educating women or financial inclusiveness is unlikely to be effective in making women economically more empowered. Despite the pronounced gendered approach to policy initiatives recently in India, the country slipped 21 places between 2016 and 2017 in The Global Gender Gap Report released by the World Economic Forum. Within the sub-indices, India’s low rank on gender parity in labour force participation (LFP) fell further, by four points, to 139 (among 144 countries). READ MORE

Why Indian Women Don’t Want to Work

Equal work sharing at home for a two-income household will not come without a struggle and it is far easier to drop out than fight. The home likes the income, but is unwilling to let the woman give up on household work, child care and eldercare duties. READ MORE

5 Things that must Change to End Gender Inequality at Work

It took less than 40 years to put a man on the moon, but it will take 170 years to put a woman in the board room in many places on our planet. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report, this is the number of years before we close the global economic gender gap. Closing the global political gender gap is projected to take even longer. READ MORE

How Anything Perceived As Women’s Work Immediately Sheds Its Value

The gender wage gap has long been an issue of importance for feminists, and one that consistently finds itself on the UN and government agendas. Despite this, there is a persistent idea among many in mainstream society (mostly men, and some women) that the gender wage gap is simply a myth, that women are paid less on average because of the specific choices that women make in their careers. Everything, they claim, from the industry a woman chooses to establish herself in, to the hours she chooses to work, to her decision to take time off to spend with her children, and so on, leads to lower pay, for reasons, they confidently assure us, that have nothing at all to do with sexism. READ MORE


Understanding Family Structure and Women’s Empowerment

In a study aimed toward a greater understanding of women’s empowerment, Sisir Debnath, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Indian School of Business, sheds light on how family structure, a relatively less studied factor of women empowerment, impacts female autonomy in developing countries. Debnath’s study compares women living in nuclear households (due to the death of the patriarch) with those living in joint families. READ MORE


What Work Looks Like for Women in Their 50s

“The fifties was the most exciting career decade of my life so far,” says Babette Pettersen, “and it looks like my options are only getting better as I turn 60.” Babette is one of a growing number of people - especially women - whose careers have accelerated as they have approached what used to be considered retirement age. READ MORE