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The plight of the unemployed bread earner

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  While having held the privilege of better job opportunities, a say in the country’s systems & politics & the freedom to pursue whatever pleases one’s heart, men have also had to bear the brunt of the societal standards fixated on them. Because of the gender inequality that persists in society, it is not intuitive for anyone to understand the pressure men are under & society’s role in reducing it. For eons, men have had to shoulder the responsibility of being the sole bread earners of the family. Ever since childhood, they are taught to put up a bold face & face the world headstrong to provide for food on the table. It is ingrained in their minds that it is their sole responsibility to ‘provide’ for the family. If not, they are not fulfilling their moral duties. They have had to live up to the labels of being ‘strong’ & ‘successful’. Branching from this pressure is the machismo we see affecting both the men & women equally. Beholding the title of ‘the breadwinn

Women and Pockets: A Patriarchal Move

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It’s a struggle for all women to find the perfect piece of shirt, jeans, or dress with pockets in it. And even if you are able to find one, much to your disappointment, it’s a fake one. The history of pockets in women's clothing goes a long way back. People used pouches made of leather and cloth to keep their valuables safe. The 15th century was when the pockets came into the limelight and almost everyone started using pockets. But they were mainly in the form of cloth hanging like purses from the belt area. It was the 17th century when the modern style of sewn pockets emerged but unsurprisingly that was for men’s clothing. Women continued to have bag-like pockets tied to and hidden beneath their skirts. There was gender inequality in even pockets in the clothing. As fashion evolved, the baggy pockets also dissipated and women were back to using bags to store their stuff. Their pockets were just to show and their bags could also hardly keep anything other than handkerchiefs and

Women in STEM: Breaking the Bias

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STEM is often viewed as an exclusionary and male-dominated field. It has been called a ‘gatekept’ discipline where the representation of women has changed unevenly over the past several decades. The gender gap not only reflects the unfair conditions and poor treatment of female contributors to the field but also reduces and affects the quality and scale of innovation and advancement. Young girls and women are held back by biases, expectations or social norms which affect their education and careers. Today, while the world has made significant progress towards bridging the gap, many challenges remain and we still have a long way to go. Women have significantly contributed to the field of STEM throughout history. However, it is still difficult for a person to name even five female scientists or inventors and talk about their foundations. Did you know that Ada Lovelace invented the Analytical Engine and that her algorithm to calculate the Bernoulli Numbers via the same is regarded as the

Financial Literacy & Financial Education in India

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President of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Ashish Garg quoted "Despite having the world's 10th largest and Asia's oldest stock exchange, India still has low per capita income, educational inequality, non-banking habits, informal borrowing and lending practices that have been going on for years. Thus, it is imperative for the country to now understand how to optimize its resources and boost the economic and financial backbone of the nation." India is home to roughly one-fifth of the world's population but just 24% of the country's population is financially educated. The fact that three-quarters of India's population is unaware of or unconcerned about the critical need to manage funds is concerning for a country whose progress and development is dependent on the economy. Financial literacy is the most fundamental and important ability that everyone should acquire. However, in India, discussing finances at home is not customary, and ma

Relationship between Fashion & Feminism

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  The struggle to convince society that many of the things women do have economic meaning, has been a long one and even when they have been acknowledged as having some economic value, the social value is still missing. The status accorded to some types of work isn’t always linked to money but on what that work actually is, says Manjima Bhaattacharjya. Treating and viewing the women who perform that work in a not-so-respectful manner. The world of fashion in India shows us the work of models, and the difficulties it entails, to the fundamental question of whether fashion objectifies women or acknowledges their agency.   You could see clearly how time has changed the industry for example the story of Meera in the 1970s, participating in the pageantry was looked upon as taboo, she felt working in the industry pioneering because during that time it was believed that girls from good homes never really went all out like that and did those things. When she won Miss India she was awarded thi

Climate Change: Socio-Economic Impact

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When you hear the words climate change what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?  We’re sure the first thing you think about is the weather changing such as ice melting, ocean warming, sea-level rise, etc. We usually identify it as an environmental cause but it is more than that, it is a social crisis and compels us to address issues of inequality on many levels. For instance the differences between wealthy and poor countries; between rich and poor within countries; between men and women, and between generations.  It is always the most vulnerable people that bear the burden of the consequences of climate change while contributing the least to the situation. As the effects of climate change become more severe, millions of vulnerable people face growing challenges in terms of extreme events, health consequences, food security, livelihood security, water security, and cultural identity. Climatic change threatens crops through shifting climate and agricultural zones, causing

Are you being bullied?

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We mostly associate bullying with teenagers and schoolchildren being targeted by mean classmates. However, the fact is that we never stop being bullied. Many adults suffer from intimidation, teasing, and criticism. Adult bullies are everywhere. They can be abusive romantic partners, rowdy neighbours, work colleagues, bosses, friends, or even strangers on the street. You might dismiss these encounters as a result of personality differences or someone having a bad day. But, adults get bullied almost as frequently as adolescents.   Bullying has many levels and manifestations, but regardless of how subtle or excessive it may be, it can have a damaging impact on self-esteem. It involves rumours, threats, attacks- both physical and verbal or deliberate exclusion of someone from the group.  This issue is often condoned in the workplace. It can take the form of a manager who is highly critical and consistently demands more work from you while dismissing you. Bullies among co-workers may propag