The Presence Of Women
Human Capital|February 2019

Diversity matters because diverse groups of people bring together different perspectives to problem-solving and decision-making. Industry participants today acknowledge the importance of work structure and flexibility in attracting a diverse workforce.

Vidhu Shekhar, CFA

The Indian economic growth in recent years fills us with extreme pride. According to the World Bank, India's GDP stands at USD 2.27 Trillion, with an annual growth rate of 7.3% as of 2018. However, the fact that India's female employment rate stood at a meagre 27%2 in 2017 is an issue of grave concern.

Absence of women in the workforce

When compared to China, where women contribute to 40% of the GDP, women in India only contribute to 17%3. The reasons behind this gender divide impeding India's future growth are plenty. A working woman in the family is often seen as an indicator of lower income status. When the family income grows, women are expected to stop working and stay at home. Working women do not get help with domestic chores from the men in the family, and are expected to sacrifice professional growth to take care of their family4.

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