Women in Business

Women have always excelled in any role they invest themselves in both in their personal life and professional life. We have seen mothers like Rani of Jhansi, wives like Marie Curie, poets like Sarojini Naidu, freedom fighters like Harriet Tubman, scientists like Janaki Ammal, cosmonauts like Valentina Tereshkova, entrepreneurs like Kalpana Saroj, singers like Aretha Franklin and actresses like Hema Malini who have usually played significant roles in more than one aspect in their lives! Since the dawn of time, the path and journey of a woman has not been easy but here we are in the 21st century, witnessing the growth and achievements of strong women through the fight for equality.

In recent years, we witness the rise of women in important positions like that of a CEO in multiple organizations such as General Motors, KPMG, In-N-Out Burger, Advanced Micro Devices, etc. Yet women currently hold only 6.0% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies. This is because unlike men, women still face many challenges some of which include gender bias, gender pay gap, balancing responsibilities, inadequate support system and social and traditional constraints.

These challenges did not stop women then and it sure will not in the present nor the future. These have only helped them realize their true potential and help them accomplish everything that they set their mind to. For a number of women, the fastest way to get themselves to the c-suite is by establishing their own business. They take on entrepreneurship as the path to leadership and many have and continue to excel in their business. Today’s start-up culture in fact helps women bridge the gap these challenges have carved out. It allows them be their own boss thereby enabling them to pay their own salaries, define how they work and when they want to work and aids them to have a healthy work-life balance.

LEAD at Krea University in its compendium “WOMEN IN BUSINESS; The Many Stages of Grit and Perseverance” takes its readers “through the stories of thirteen women who are determined to chart their own destinies. From the journey of an agricultural entrepreneur in Assam to a home-maker turned seasoned technopreneur in Chennai”.

Padma Kumar, Founder of Grandma & Grandpa’s Early Childhood Learning Centre, had the opportunity to share her entrepreneurial journey in this collection of selected stories. While in Manchester, she entered parenthood and also pursued a Master’s programme in child development and psychology. Little did she know then that this along with her Post Graduate Diploma in business development and marketing would help her launch one of Chennai’s first early learning centres.

She recounts that the initial years were challenging, as she couldn’t find qualified caregivers and teachers. But Padma took this challenge and transformed it into an opportunity by establishing her own institute to train and skill women. As of this day, her institution in Chennai has trained nearly 100 women in global childcare standards and has provided early learning to over 1.000 children in the age group of four months to 14 years.

“At a time when female labour force participation rates in India are exhibiting a declining trend, Grandma & Grandpa’s success is a testament to Padma’s determination – to provide parents with childcare facilities of the highest quality standards on the one hand and create a sustainable employment avenue for women on the other.”

Read the full article here at: Women in Busines


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