Opinion | Boys will be boys. Now let’s change what that means
A full professional life for a woman often comes at the cost of a marriage, or her health
It takes as much time to get from the airport in Bengaluru to the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) as it does for my flight from Delhi to the city of snarly traffic. I was going to speak to a mixed bunch of students at IIMB later that day and to pick me up was a first-year MBA student. The journey was long and before long we were deeply immersed in the tricky topic of gender. I was curious to know how the gender equation has changed for a generation that was born after I had graduated from college. I remember the faces of all the girls in my class, both in undergrad and postgrad, who were married off before they finished the degrees. Those who survived the ceremonial kick-off got into jobs and then into married life. They spoke about doing two jobs—one at work and the other at home. The Indian marital household that sits in the top 1% of the population in education and wealth was happy to accept a “working" woman and her income, but did not like it when work got in the way of the household chores and duties.
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