On the occasion of Women’s Day, we decided to steer clear of the rampant tokenism and marketing schemes that are often employed by media outlets, and dug up some statistics that actually matter, on women.
The other vital statistics that emerged were as follows:-
- Only 51% of women are literate, compared to 75% men.
- Nearly 46% of all undergraduate students and 40% of all PhD students are women. The numbers vary across different fields, with IT having 40% female students.
- The labour force participation rate for women is falling, from 37% in 2004-05 to 29% in 2009-10. In the rural areas, the percentage of women workers is 25%, while in the urban areas, it is just 15%.
- Nearly 45% Indian women say their decision to leave their jobs was strongly influenced by the prevalent notion that women must take care of the household while men must work and provide for the family.
- Out of 323 total executive directorship positions on the Bombay Stock Exchange, just eight are held by women.
Once people realize the kind of value addition that can be provided by women, and is currently missing in their structures, they would be more proactive in getting them on board. Videos like this one can help us in doing that. So go ahead and have a dekko!