“Every Woman Out There Deserves The Right To Make Their Choice And Decision” – Celebrating Equality At KJ SIMSR

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, we asked the women of top b-schools across India to highlight their achievements, views on feminism, the #MeToo campaign and their perception of gender inequality in our country.

“Whether women are better than men I can not say – but I can say they are certainly no worse” – Golda Meir

KJ SIMSR is proud to be having best in class 41% female to male students ratio and celebrates this women’s day by sharing views of its student, Ananya Shrivastava on the emerging issue of feminism.

I’m Ananya Shrivastava. I did my mechanical engineering in undergrad and now pursuing marketing in KJ SIMSR.

How would you explain feminism to a 10-year-old?
A movement to achieve the right to equality among sexes, wherein, girls have equal decision-making power and also equal importance as that of boys.

Which female icon has inspired you the most and why?
It is the “Wonder Woman.” It is because women are matching men everywhere, be it business, be it politics, be it sports, or be it music or drama, but when you talk about safety, there are still instances where parents ensure that there is a guy friend along with you when you travelling late night from work or a party. Wonder Woman portrays a woman so strong that she can take care of herself along with the society. It is like a message from her to the girls out there that not only men are or can be superheroes. If you wish to be one you can be one.

What kind of impact do you think #MeToo campaign created?
Alyssa Milano, an American artist, was the one who came up with #MeToo and raised her voice against the sexual abuse that she faced in the past. This campaign and initiative helped many actresses to step ahead and raise their voice against the sexual injustice they faced in the industry. This further spread among the fans and another female who courage and raised their voices against the act of cruelty towards them. The campaign has brought women to speak against wrong and ask for the justice. This is the major change that society, mainly women, should have adopted way back in the past.

What are your thoughts and feelings about this campaign?
I think the campaign is just the start. More is yet to come.

What attitudes towards women have you encountered by men in education- professors and students- that you wish to be corrected?
Mainly during school days, student have a fear of their subject sir. They tend to have a comparatively lighter attitude towards the female faculties. Whereas in senior years everything turns out to be neutral with students having favouritism on the basis of the style of teaching of respective faculties. Sometimes statements like you are a guy be more serious comes in the picture. The correction can be done by giving equal importance to the female professors as to the male professors. Once you respect the elder person of that particular sex, you tend to respect the younger ones too considering their importance in the place where you are right now. The scenario has become more feminist then before. On the other hand, male professors sometimes give unwanted attention to certain female students. It is extremely disturbing as they offend the teaching and professional values.

Having gotten the benefit of the elite education, how do you plan to pass it on to other disadvantaged women?
I think every woman out there deserves the right to make their choice and decision, to raise their voice against the injustice towards them. A little push is enough to encourage them. By helping them to voice their problems, we can get the fear of staying quiet and adjusting to the injustice out of them. This will help to spread feminism among the population and give males some sense to respect opposite sex.

Also, I think even a small step can make a big difference in someone’s life. Especially those who have been brought up in the environment which taught them that they are the weaker gender and should obey as commanded. I try to help my housemaids when they face such issues. Also in the school where I teach class 5 students, apart from their academics, I’ve always tried to teach both the boys and girls to treat each other equally. Those kids come from underprivileged backgrounds and don’t know that things like feminism and gender equality exist. So by feeding their young minds with these ideas is a good way to start their thought process in a positive direction.