Why do we need a women’s day? The past few years has almost started to begin with these words alone. Why must we have a day dedicated to women? Why not have a men’s day? Do the women need a special day to demand ‘equality’?

The first few lines have already evoked a sense of query in you as a reader. You wish to know what I feel about the subject. Am I too dismissing the idea as another day or do I believe in it.

You want statistics?

Women are 48.5% of the general population of India

Women earn 62% of men’s salary for equal work
Women are just 3% of legislative, management, and senior official positions
54% of companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange 100 have no women board directors

Women in management in India face many challenges. Studies have found:

  • women have to work harder to prove themselves;
  • men do not respect women bosses (and prefer to have them as subordinates as opposed to superiors);
  • women are excluded from informal networks

India ranked towards the bottom of the 134 countries, with a ranking of 113, on the 2011 Global Gender Gap Index

Now do you think we need a women’s day? Hell yeah!

We are far behind in gender equality. And when you can identify AIDS as an issue and understand that it needs a dedicated day to highlight issues, this is perhaps a more generic and rampant concern to propagate.

And surprisingly India is among the highest percentage of having double income groups. Women who work and manage households have the maximum population in India.

Why celebrate a women’s day then? Because behind these statistics is a women, a story. A story which can inspire many. A story which can tell you how much they need you. How much they need a voice to hear them, talk to them. How much they need to feel that they are a part of this world.

26.2% of women cited a lack of role models as a barrier to advancement (among the highest again!)

This women’s day I found a wonderful way to celebrate. I stumbled upon Mom n Me Store’s beautiful
concept of expressing yourself in only a hundred words.

Yes hundred words to describe the feeling of being YOU. Feeling of being a woman of inspiration. And I decided to share it with you all.

Story of creating life…

Story of love of a daughter, affection of a sister,vision of a business leader, courage of a fighter…

And never giving up…

We all have a story that is unsaid and untold…

This women’s day.. open up and share your story that could inspire a million…

I sent across my entry for the contest, I just couldn’t hold myself back. Words flowed. If you believe you have your story, your idea of a woman in only 100 words then perhaps you too can enter here

This woman’s day let us all try to be a role model for those 26.2% women who are unable to move ahead in life due to lack of inspiration.

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Connecting it with Write Tribe’s festival of words. The prompt for Day seven is International Women’s Day.

“I’m celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by blogging for the #WomenInspire Campaign sponsored by USC’s masters degree in social work program. Join the blog carnival to honor a woman who has inspired you!”

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USC’s Women Inspire Campaign

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