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Women’s Empowerment in Management

“When you educate a man, you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate a whole family.” – Mac Iver

While gender differences still exist in professional study choices, women worldwide are demonstrating their intellectual ability and are approaching the levels of men in educational attainment. This shift in the academic dynamics and socio-economic scenarios is more prevalent in the rising economies like that of India’s.

There seems to be increasing awareness among the women in India about education being their ticket out of economic and social vulnerability. Even though, due to the dearth of female candidates in the engineering and technology disciplines, the entry of female students into IIMs have dropped this year; the All India Survey of Higher Education 2016-17 bears proof that not only the participation of women in higher education enrollment statistics has increased sharply over the years but this growth also holds great promise for the community’s future in general.

Women represent more than 40 per cent of the world’s labor force. Yet their share of management positions remains unacceptably low, with just a tiny proportion succeeding in breaking through the glass ceiling to obtain top jobs. The higher the position, the more glaring the gender chasm. With the view to encourage women’s increasing level of qualification and work performance, various academic institutions have committed themselves to conduct programmes and seminars conceived not only to protect the roles and rights but also to facilitate the effectiveness of women empowerment in Management.

This vision to empower women has been aptly echoed in Indian Institute of Management – Kolkata’s announcement of its 2nd batch of ‘Transitioning into Leadership: A Program for Women Executives 2018’, which they successfully conducted in association with TSW, the executive wing of Times Professional Learning (TPL). This programme was launched in 2017 with the aim to prepare women executives, who have at least 5 years of managerial experience and a minimum of 50% in graduation, become proficient corporate leaders.

Seminar on Women Empowerment
(from L to R) Prof. R.C Bhattacharya – Vice-Chairman, GBS; Mrs. Ranjana Dasgupta – Trustee, Kalyani – A Bikram Dasgupta Foundation; Prof. Malabika Sarkar – Principal Advisor, Ashoka University/Former Vice Chancellor, Presidency University; Prof. Rohit Srivastava – Dean, GBS; Ms. Suchitra Guha – Advisor, C-suite of Tata NYK, Singapore; Dr. Chandrima Banerjee – Director & Co-founder, Unigrow Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

A few days back, Globsyn Business School (GBS), in their attempt to send a strong message and create awareness on the subject, organized the hugely successful seminar on ‘Women’s Empowerment’, with a hope to impact the students and young professionals on emerging as strong independent and powerful individuals, who will recognize and respect the role of women in the society. The seminar witnessed the presence of eminent women dignitaries from various notable institutions/organizations who presented their experiences and thoughts on the topic and indulged in an interactive session with the students and young professionals from the corporate world.

In today’s time, it is necessary to do away with gender biases and create a harmonious work culture for emerging young professionals where equal opportunities are created for genders. Programmes and seminars on women’s empowerment such as the ones mentioned in this article, are designed to offer women a podium to voice their opinions, enhance their leadership competencies and expand their knowledge about different functions of management, which would in turn, improve their quality of life, their social status and bestow upon them their due recognition.

   

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