There are lot of stereotypes that are associated with women, which they had to fight and overcome over the years. There are many stereotypes which still create bottlenecks for the empowerment of women. Some of them are highlighted below:
1. Women Gossip More Than Men
This cliche has been associated with women since a long time now. However, gender doesn’t play a role in gossips as both men and women tend to gossip. It’s mostly men who stereotype women saying they gossip more.
2. Women Are Responsible For Raising Children
A child should receive love and care from both the parents. And both men and women are equally responsible for raising their children.
3. Women Are Meant to Damsel in Distress, Never a Hero
This cliche ends with the fact the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield is 23 yr old Neerja Bhanot.
4. Women Are Suppose to Cook and Do Housework
Well, this cliche took a long time to get removed. There were many feminism movements across the world and women are now not only head of companies but, in 2015 Angela Markel of Germany was the person of the year. Other than this, Canada got its first 50-50 Cabinet under PM Justin Trudeau.
5. Women Don’t Play Sports
This stereotype has taken a long time and still women struggle in society to come up in sports. There are many inspiring stories such as Sania Mirza, Mary Kom and others who have broken this perception and come out strong. Last year, Sania Mirza was awarded the Khel Ratna by the Government of India.
Let’s work together to break more stereotypes, myths and stigma which are associated with women across the world.
By – Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation