The emerging woman … will be strong-minded, strong-hearted, strong-souled, and strong-bodied … strength and beauty must go together.- Louisa May Alcott
When we say a female pilot, a female driver, a female doctor and etc. – we are somewhere undermining the very concept of feminism. Feminism doesn’t ask for special status but for equality. Feminism shouldn’t have come into existence if the world had respected the basic postulates of fundamentalism- equal rights for every human irrespective of caste, race or gender.
In a county that worships the goddess, we forget to respect our girls. In the celluloid, when Amitabh Bachchan says the iconic dialogue: “mere pass Maa hai” or in the recent times with the movie Pink, where again the star says “No means No!” We might clap in the theatre but as we step out in the light, we forget to emulate our favourite hero.
For the first time in July 2019, the Indian Air Force commissioned 8 women fighter pilots, which is a huge step for women empowerment. It was a matter of huge pride for women across the country, but it should also be a matter of regret, that in so many decades of the IAF, it was only in 2016, that women were allowed to appear for SSC. For so many years, women weren’t thought to be capable of fighting for their country- which is revered as a mother!
Whenever women achieve a milestone it becomes a matter of celebration. But why do we celebrate? Because it is a one-off thing, that is against the traditional norm. It should be a commonplace occurrence, and the situation is steadily changing but a lot needs to be done.
Women Needs To Understand Their Worth
Empowerment doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be out there in the world. It is about respecting their choices, having their voices heard. It is about having independence in the truest sense. You can be a housewife (which is one of the toughest jobs, but the most thankless), and still be equally empowered as the woman heading a bank or running her own business.
Women too should stop exploiting their position. In public transport, we have seats reserved for disabled, elderly and women. But when we are voicing our demand for equality, we should also accept that men too can feel tired at the end of the day, that they too might be sick. We are not the weaker sex that needs to be given a seat irrespective of the condition of the other person. The situation should speak not gender!
Woman’s Day Should Be Everyday
Women’s day is now celebrated with a lot of pomp on the 8th of March, but it is essential to remember, that the problems and the ideologies do not cease to exist after that single day. Every day, we should strive to make the world a fairer place.
The social conditioning should change from the gender stereotyped choice of colour and toys to career choice We should think about neutrality and maybe then we can wrap our head around feminism.