Indian women more ambitious than fairer sex in US


New Delhi: Indian women have emerged as more ambitious with a desire to attain top level positions than their counterparts in the US, reflecting a shift in the social status of fairer sex in the country, a latest report revealed.

“The widespread nature of aspiration among Indian women is extraordinary with a whopping 80 percent of them ready to go extra-mile to achieve their ambition compared to 52 percent in the US,” it said.

The report titled “The Battle of Female Talent in India” is prepared by a non-profit think tank Center for Work-Life Policy.

Interestingly, the report noted that less than 30 percent of women in India work and only 10 percent between the ages of 18-23 are enrolled in higher education.

Still in 2009, women back home represented 11 percent of CEOs, almost four times the 3 percent figure for women in the US and UK as contained in the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies respectively.

“The impressive levels of aspiration amongst Indian women have been fuelled by the country’s rapid economic growth that has brought about a shift in the social status of women,” the report said.

However, growth in the number of working Indian women is still muted due to the major barriers like childcare issues, workplace gender bias, safety concerns, traveling time and extreme working hours, it added.

About 70 percent of Indian women find it tough to cope with the responsibility of taking care of the kids, parents and other elder members, while 45 percent of Indian women believe that unfair treatment at workplace is a major hurdle.

Safety concerns affect 52 percent of women in India commuting to their jobs while 73 percent experience societal disapproval of traveling alone for job purposes.

DeAnne Aguirre of Booz & Company (USA) said winning the war for female talent in India requires commitment.

Keeping the above things in mind, some corporate like Google, Goldman Sachs, Infosys, ICICI Bank, GE, Tata, Ernst & Young, HSBC, and Pfizer are creating processes and practices that would enable Indian women to compete and flourish at their full potential.

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