Are Educated Women the Cause of Unemployment?

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We all are living in a society where pointing fingers innumerably scar a woman with ruthless remarks. If there is a failure of any societal goals it is women who are held accountable. Women have always been targeted for the collapse or incompetence of the society. If a woman is raped she is blamed, if a woman is divorced she is blamed, if citizens are unemployed women is blamed!


Well, firstly the society talks about empowering women. Empowering women are to make them independent in all aspects from the mind, thought, rights, decisions, etc. by leaving all the social and family limitations. And make them personally dependent. It is to bring equality in the society for both male and female in all areas.

Thus, women are now advancing at a rapid pace in every field and challenging man in every walk of life. As per the latest Census, the growth rate for female literacy over the last decade stood at 18.2 per cent as against 17.3 per cent for male literacy. The latest Census also recorded further narrowing of the gap between male and female literacy which now stands at 16.6 per cent as against 21.59 per cent during 2001.


But are educated women really the cause of unemployment??

There’s a popular quote that goes “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).” But clearly, the education system has missed this, because according to them, ‘women are contributing to the rise of unemployment among the men of the country’

Working women are considered as one of the causes of unemployment by the Hindi textbook of class 10th which is published by Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education. In one of the chapters of economic problems and challenges, it is explained that percentage of unemployment after independence has increased as women in all sectors have started working.

“Constitution provides women equal right over jobs with men then how can they blame females for rising unemployment of males. Students should be taught about the actual cause of unemployment rather than such prejudiced reasons,” Soumya Garg, a teacher with Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Jashpur said in response to this.

There are various causes of unemployment in our country for which women aren’t responsible-


Voluntary Unemployment-It is a type of unemployment where a person is capable but not willing to work. This is a kind of idleness. E.g. – people who are not ready to work or beggars who refuse to work or educated people waiting for high white collared jobs. This a psychological problem for which educated skilled women cannot be criticized.

Cyclical Unemployment– This type of unemployment is caused due to trade cycles. During the time of recession or depression, the economic activities slow down due to the decline of aggregate demand. As a result of this, production is reduced and workers are dismissed.

There is frictional unemployment where workers are temporarily out of work due to economic frictions like the breakdown of machine, shortage of raw materials power failures etc.

It is the rapid growth of population and slow rate of economic development that has caused unemployment greatly. India is a developing country. Its economic growth rate is slow moreover population is growing rapidly; hence it cannot absorb the growing labor force.

Thus, these are various economic reasons which have contributed to unemployment and depicting educated women as a cause of unemployment is merely an unscrupulous scheme of the government to camouflage their incompetence.

“There is a woman at the bottom of all great things.”

Successful women like Shika Sharma, CEO of Axis bank, Nita Ambani, chairman of Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, Nisaba Godrej, President of Godrej Industries are few of the women who are providing employment to thousands of people. Women have now become a cause of employment and encouragement.

India Skills Report launched in the 3rd CII National Conference on Skill Development found that based on the gender the quality of female candidates is better than the males. So why not educate women and increase the efficiency of the country and generate employment.

In Haiti, women are often referred to as poto mitan. Literally, it means “middle pole”—the pillar of the house and the backbone of society. Women act as the pillars of their families and, by extension, of society. They provide the economic and social stability needed to sustain their families and communities.

The most famous saying said by the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is “To awaken the people, it is the women who must be awakened. Once she is on the move, the family moves, the village moves, the nation moves”.

Women empowerment is very necessary to make the bright future of the family, society and country.

All women are mothers of great men; it isn’t their fault if life disappoints them later.


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