Prachika Saxena, a top-level executive in a multinational hospitality chain, shares her journey –
I became a feminist, when I was not even aware of the term. At that stage, I felt a quest to feel equal, liberated, to grow and thrive at my will. I set out to challenge every single norm and expectations set by my parents, for doing what ‘girls from good families’ do.
Of course, my parents love me deeply, but subscribed to deep-rooted patriarchal notions that made life (read marriage) easy for me in future. Little did they realise that I was not the ‘archetypal subservient girl’, who would kowtow to things that did not appeal. I was labelled a rebel.
While all of this started at a very young age, I see women facing barriers and substandard treatment in board rooms, homes and society at large. While a woman strives to have her voice heard, men dominate the scenario with ease.
Quite often, my views on gender equality are mis-interpreted as hatred for men, whereas I’m only against their ‘entitled’ behaviour. Half the sky belongs to women, yet the struggle to own it is replete with violence, prejudices, judgements and authoritarianism. I envision a world, through feminism, where women can just ‘be’ whatever they want to be – without seeking approvals, and without the crutches of a relational identity (wife, daughter, mother…). I would like to see women physically and mentally healthy, and not losing balance.
Till such time, I’ll continue to root for women and their opinions, at every opportunity.
Well, if that makes me an Empowered Woman Empowering Women, I love it…