Helen Lawrenson a renowned writer said, “If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted, there is particularly nothing she can’t do”. And I can’t agree more with her. Women are actually capable of doing the greatest things if they want.
For spending the biggest part of my life in a developing country I do have a mixed opinion on this point that 'women lack ambition'. I think, not all but many women lack confidence. There are hundreds of reasons why women lack confidence. Here I will try to point out few facts. These are from my personal experience.
Early childhood is a critical stage of development that forms the foundation for children's future well-being and learning. At this stage, it is important to treat children as children, not to devise any play or activities based on their gender. When parents buy toys they buy racing cars, aeroplanes for boys and dolls for girls. But why do we not let them choose whatever they like? This may not seem a great idea to many but plays an important role to build their confidence.
Treating children as brave and capable children, not as boys and girls can help them grow as confident individual. So in that case parents and teachers have an important role to play in a child's learning or giving her the belief that she can do it too and she can be a mountain climber or she can be a sky diver too.
Environment is a big factor. A girl who is surrounded by the inspiring and positive minded people are more confident. Confidence is the vital element which needs to be instilled in a person to be bold and ambitious. I have come across the women who do not want to take up responsibilities for the fear of failure, or what would people say if they make mistake. So it is important to teach the girls that making mistake is okay and everyone does that.
Girls can’t be confident in the places where their education is neglected. Because education is must to have confidence.
There are lots of barriers in our lives as women. When we are young we dream big and we work for it. Some people get the support, some not. Still, we keep trying. Although some people reach their goal, many can’t. They then blame their luck.
Not believing in women’s ability is a big reason why women seem unaspiring. Recognition of their contribution plays a great role to boost their confidence.
Having children is the greatest blessings. However, it becomes difficult to accept the challenges at work for women when they are a mum. Sometimes they consider leaving their job or taking early retirement when they have a family to look after. Ambition is again being compromised.
So more flexibilities can help women to work towards their goal.
I have noticed that when women get old their ambition change. That time they only think about their children and their success and forget about their own dream.
So here, I would like to conclude by saying that women are ambitious but they have barriers. So, whatever the problems we have we need to face them together. We should not stop ourselves for any fear or insecurities. Women need to stand beside women to empower each other to help them follow their dreams. By doing this together we can change the whole world.
Thank you for reading this. I know my writing skill is not that great at all but your inspiration has made me 100% brave.
Thank you my wonderful #Womened community and Thank you Kiran for arranging this digimeet.