Insecure at any income level
Women feel a loss of independence due to lack of control over their financial lives
They don’t look insecure. They look as if they have it all together. Confident, contemporary, urban Indian women. Professionals all of them. But speaking at the Women of India Leadership Summit (https://www.womenofindiasummit.com/) last week, I understood that the façade hid deep feelings of insecurity about money. In fact, it was the feeling of financial insecurity that bound the panel and audience alike. Women said they felt insecure about living in homes that did not belong to them, but to the in-laws or to an HUF (Hindu Undivided Family). They said that they felt insecure because they needed the husband to agree before they could do anything—from going on a vacation to setting up a business. They felt a loss of independence due to lack of control over their financial lives. Finance and numbers intimidated them. And they wished for greater control.