WOMEN ARE REAL ARCHITECTS OF THE SOCIETY
-Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Oxford Dictionary describes the word “modern” as-Relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past. There were times when the activity of a woman was confined within the four walls of her house. She is a life-giver, nourisher and home-maker indeed but in recent times the arena of her expertise has widened. From full-time housewife, she has participated and performed well in every sphere of life. You name it and she has done it!
I remember studying History where very few women of their times could excel and pursue what they wanted to achieve. Goals, benchmarks and ambition were some unheard words for her. The only task she could do was to bear children and feed her family. Before marriage, she is expected to perform daily chores for her father and brothers and post marriage the same for her husband and his family. Very few woman could actually finish school and college was an alien planet for most of them. Working was a taboo and was considered something very bold and irresponsible on their parts.
But times have changed and so has the role of a modern woman. Woman have broken cliches and stepped out of their shells, breaking every record and creating new benchmarks every day.
In every nook and corner, you find a woman who is behind its success and wellness. Today women are journalists, doctors, engineers, CEOs, leaders, nurses, entrepreneurs, astronauts, scientists, teachers, bloggers, writers, dancers, singers, painters, composers, directors, actors, sportspersons etc and the list can go on. From Rani Laxmi Bai to Indira Gandhi,Sarojini Naidu to Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Kasturba Gandhi to Kalpana Chawla, from Lata Mangeshkar to Pratibha Patil, Sushma Swaraj to Barkha Dutt, Saina Nehwal to Mary Kom, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Sania Mirza, Nita Ambani to Anita Dongre the list is endlessly full of countless woman who are constantly getting bigger in bigger, aiming higher and winning accolades in every sphere. They have outperformed men in many fields. We have numerous sectors like fashion, banking, politics etc where women have stood at par and even excelled leaving their male counterparts way behind.
There were times when a woman was considered as delicate as a flower (which she is, undoubtedly !) and physical strength was something unheard of in a woman. Her job was not weight bearing at least! But then we have Karnam Malleshwari and many more who have proved that physical strength is not just a testosterone bound quality. Women were despised as leaders and believed to be unable to take decisions but we have had so many examples of women leaders who have taken India to another level under their governance.
Women today have not only proved themselves but also broken the myth that they can only be a home-maker. Today the society is fast evolving and accepting the fact that “she” n “he” can only function together if they function harmoniously. Men are eventually coming round to this truth and equally participate in this kind of holistic evolvement.
But with the thinning Sex Ratio, crimes against women and Female foeticide incidents on the rise, the “fairer” community’s productivity gets jeopardised. Gender discrimination, physical violence, depriving education, foeticide, trafficking, dowry killing and anything that disrespects or questions her existence needs to be stopped. Despite being a life giver and worshipped as Goddesses in our culture, she is molested, letched, burnt, beaten, discriminated, killed and raped!
She has proved her worth time and again and now when she stands on the brink of glory, she deserves to be appreciated, credited, valued and treasured. Because if a society does not value is Women, it stands on the verge of self-destruction.
I would proudly like to quote Germaine Greer in the end-
All societies on the verge of death are Masculine.
A society can survive with only One Man, no society will survive a shortage of Women.