“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing who we are. ” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From being self made billionaires to being the highest ranking female official in the history of the US, women have conquered summits in diverse fields on terra firma as well as in space.
Mometernity has compiled a list of the biggest women stereotypes that we have to deal with since the day we are born. Bring out your hammer so that we can smash them together this Women’s Day:
1. Watch Out! There’s a woman behind the wheel
Why is it that all movies only have the hero in the driving seat? Insurance and driving statistics regularly prove that women are not only better drivers, they also remember landmarks better and have much fewer traffic violations. Like men, they don’t need fast cars to “compensate” - as the saying goes.
Cab services like Koala Kabs, Priyadarshini Taxi & Vira Cabs specialize in having a women only fleet of drivers. So boys, handover the car keys and get comfortable in the passenger side!
2. Sugar n Spice n Everything Nice? Nah, we’re tough as nails
Why are we always better in longevity, surviving illness & coping with trauma? If we were delicate like flowers, would we not wilt under such life threatening problems? But no, scientific studies have shown that women are always outperforming in these metrics and many more.
The Mumbai Police have an all-woman team called Nirbhaya Squad. Women have shown that they are fearless when it comes to fighting crime - now all we need is a good film director.
3. Sirf ghar chalati hai … Business nahi
Even though we have awards for the best Women CEOs & businesswomen, women are always called to prove their skills in the boardroom. Fidelity Investments have research data to prove that women investors constantly outperform their male counterparts.
The women we admire, like Naiyya Saggi of Babychakra, Richa Kar of Zivame, Designer Ritu Kumar & Herbal Queen Shahnaz Husain have proved over the years that women can not only start but also successfully run their own business. So, let’s get together and shatter some glass ceilings together.
4. Women are always “Time of the Month Stressed”
How many times have we seen the eye-roll from others when talking about that “time of the month”? No, it doesn’t affect our judgment, behavior or change our point-of-view. It cannot be used as an excuse to discount what we say or our decisions.
At the same time, the ability to connect with others is very strong in women. So, they choose treatment, friendship & share their feelings which in turn helps them handle stress better than men. So if you feel that your bheja is all fried out, talk to a woman and she will sort out all your difficulties
Mometernity is all about breaking stereotypes and bringing out the best in women, so that they can prove to themselves and the world that they can rule the world. As Shirley Chisholm said “ If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”