I think the interveiw is not that bad.. its only that it may not be useful for us..Everyone one is free to have his her perceptions..
What she says about the importance of getting work done rather than paying attention as to whether a male or a female is doing it is true..
But still the fact remains that females find it difficult to climb up the corporate ladder due to several reasons...and the glass ceiling does exists...by the way this was the topic of debate on NDTV "we the people" last sunday.. There were many veiws and counter veiws...was very interesting and insightful..and this point of giving women advantage at work was also discussed..
I would like to briefly summarise the discussion.......Veiws
- Women require added advantage over men at grass root levels as they find it difficult to make an entry in the first place...be it a job or higher education. The advantage can be in the from of reservations or liberal work hours etc
- The objective of providing advantage to women is to bring about an equality in the socio-corporate fabric which is still male dominated..You may name a few women CEOS like Indira Nooyi, Naina lal kidwai, chanda Kochar or women like kiran bedi, sunita williams, kalpana chawla but you can literally count such names on your fingers..the list of their male counterparts is never ending..That means these successful women have broken through the glass ceiling to reach there..
- Women have to play a mother, a daughter in law, and a wife even if she may be at the top most position in the corporate world..In general women are a lot more tied down by family responsibilities which makes it difficult for them to be very competitive at work. As a result they stagnate at what ever positions they hold.
- Companies have certain responsibility towards its employees and it should take care of the security for women when they are required to work late hours.. by providing transport facilities etc.
- Each commercial organisation must have a special cell or council to address the greviences of its women employees.
- Women evade their duties at work by bringing up gender issues and their family responsibilities.
- When working in the corporate world everying one ought to be competitive and promotions should be on the basis of merit only. Irrespective of the gender each one ought to work equally hard to achieve senior positions.
- When there is no distinction in the salaries or rights enjoyed by the women why should they be given preferential treatment when it comes to committing themselves to duties.
- Preferential treatment is needed upto some level to make corporate world a level playing field for both men and women.
- The fact that only a few women have made it to the top clearly shows the existence of the glass ceiling.. Certainly there is nothing wrong with female brains which can be considered as a reason of their lagging behind.
- In indian context women still has a lot of roles to perform.. She is still a home maker and has to juggle between her different roles.. That does not means rules dont apply to her when at work but we can always be a bit liberal as compared to what applies to males.
- Giving advantage to women in the form of reservations, making special provisions for her security, liberal work hours etc might be necessary as long as we dont have an equal male female ratio in all the feilds..be it politics, corporate, sports etc.. After we achieve this we can make each field open for competition and then things can be decided purely on the basis of merit..
- In short advantage to women( in which ever form required) should be only in certain areas where needed and should be for a stipulated frame of time..
We should look at women as one half of our society and it is the duty of the society as a whole to empower them and to bring them forward.