Women at Work – a photo post
At times I wonder what the fuss is about when people talk about giving freedom to women to work outside the home in a traditional society like India’s. So many Indian women work outside the home anyway, due to economic necessity, for their sheer survival. In fact they do the domestic work in their own homes as well, with the help of their children. In a way they are the real heroes as their work is undervalued and as for the backbreaking domestic work they do, it’s not even counted in the GDP. GDP ignores voluntary/unpaid work, like domestic work. But think of the zillion ways it improves standard of living and quality of life, saves on expenditure and leaves time free for the men to go out and earn.
These are a few images that I captured. The first one is of women carrying firewood on a highway in Mumbai but this is a common sight in rural India, although not so common in the cities. Collecting firewood and water (for which the women have to walk long distances), is a woman’s job in rural India.
This next picture is that of two village women:
All the other pictures are taken in the city:
The woman in the picture below in the pink and blue saree was selling kulfi (a kind of ice-cream)
Women never really retire. Even elderly women work “outside” the home:
In fact most rag-picking work is done by women and children.
The photograph below is blurred, but it is still one of my favourite photographs.