The world over, women are an integral part of the family, society, and now even the corporate arena. Opportunities for the educated woman are manifold, multi-dimensional, and promising. The hand that once only rocked the cradle now indeed rules the world!
Women’s right to education spread with the paradigm shift from the kitchen to the classroom. Being fortunate to have various academic degrees such as bachelor’s, master’s, and beyond helped me realize my strength and capabilities, resulting in excellence and success at the corporate level. Likewise, women in many parts across the globe are motivated to empower themselves and engrave their footprints in the academic and corporate terrain.
It gives me a great sense of pride to state that a developed India has a great number of educated women who are creating a niche for themselves in corporate excellence. Yet there is still the challenge of changing the beliefs in various sections of rural societies that a woman is born to cook and breed.
Efforts to attain gender parity is the first crucial step to achieving improvements in female global education, while paying close attention to the social, cultural, and economic hurdles along the way.
Another essential requirement is a globally widespread awareness, which can be achieved by changing the cultural outlook of education. There is a need to impose a common worldwide nationality and promote cohesive universal forces towards positive multiculturalism and shared values.
Establishing common ground with local women, influencing their minds on the benefits of a good education, and transforming their belief that they do not have to give up their careers to be successful homemakers is important.
Making basic education a directive, creating a wide network of schools, and using social media and women’s social networks in particular are important steps. Corporate leadership in tandem with statutory bodies and NGOs should manage and encourage community-based initiatives advancing female education.
An egalitarian approach should permeate the mindset of women who believe in secondary status. Through a socially well-established framework, women must know their rights to reap the many benefits education can bring in its wake.