Career, family, and financial stability – can women have it all without compromising one or the other? Turns out they can – and women in India especially are optimistic when it comes to getting ahead in their lives – but not without overcoming certain key barriers along the way.
“More working mothers in India cite education background, gender, and lack of confidence as the top three barriers that hold them back. Working mothers are nearly 30 percent more likely to think ‘lack of confidence’ stops them from achieving opportunities when compared to working fathers in India,” a LinkedIn research focusing on working mothers revealed.
The platform, which serves as the world’s largest professional network, released the annual ‘LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020’ earlier this year. As part of this research, LinkedIn sought to understand how people perceive opportunity and, more importantly, the gaps in getting to those opportunities.
Nearly 30,000 respondents from across 22 countries took part in this research, and one of the groups surveyed included working mothers. In the India context, this means key insights into the opportunities and obstacles that women struggle with on a day-to-day basis.
As it turns out, an interesting takeaway from the findings show that Indian working mothers face a lot of barriers to get ahead in life.
“Family commitments, lack of support, travel-related challenges, and unable to keep up with technology changes daunt working moms across APAC. Findings also show that working mothers are 35 percent more likely to face a lack of support and family commitment than working fathers in APAC,” the findings suggested.
In spite of the challenges, though, Indian working mothers are also optimistic about overcoming these barriers in comparison to Indian working fathers.
“In India, fewer working mothers (15.9%) think ‘lack of motivation’ is a difficult barrier to overcome, when compared to working fathers (20%), women (22.2%) and men (29.5%),” the research indicated. It also showed that working mothers are more likely to pursue the ability to change to a new career path, than all females and all males in APAC.
A rewarding job seems to be the top priority for a working mother. And this entails a career path that allows them to juggle between their various responsibilities and also one that offers a better work-life balance.
(Edited by Athira Nair)