“She did not report to work today – again! Some “personal problem”! Girls have these so many problems yaa…something or the other….”
I have heard this often at work and wanted to retort too, but kept quiet thinking that it’s useless to even react to such people who lack that level of “understanding”. Moreover, I am shocked to hear some managers say “No, we don’t want girls in our team” strangely in an era where we talk about women’s contribution to economic growth etc…! Back home it could be so many things that “girls” may have to deal with. Household responsibilities, nursing someone, child-care, domestic issues, emotional turbulence, health hazards, some emergency, it could be anything. What do we do? Drop our career plans?
I understand this so well since I have myself gone through it …sometimes it was health, sometimes this or that, or even instances wherein due to my own grief, a different frame of mind; I just could not report to work. I never felt comfortable to go to the work place, especially with swollen teary eyes. Never felt like exhibiting my emotions in front of a whole bunch of distant people and I gave reasons as “Not well”.
So? Is it fair to judge or classify on such grounds & stop giving opportunities to women? Certainly not. Given our set of challenges most of us have still managed to strike a balance between work & home pretty effectively.