Infosys founder Narayana Murthy recently urged the youth of India to work for 70 hours a week for our country’s advancement. If we were to calculate, 70 hours a week means 12 hours a day for 6 days a week. After a minimum of 6 hours of sleep, one is left with only 6 more hours to get everything else done, which includes commuting back and forth from work, eating meals, showering, toilet time, etc. leaving no room for a social or personal life.
However, Edelweiss MF CEO Radhika Gupta pointed out that Indian women have been working 70 hours a week for decades and nobody talks about that. A woman has to work at an office as well as at home, the latter of which is unpaid labour.
“Between offices and homes, many Indian women have been working many more than seventy hour weeks to build India (through our work) and the next generation of Indians (our children). For years and decades. With a smile, and without a demand for overtime. Funnily, no one has debated about us,” she wrote.
Between offices and homes, many Indian women have been working many more than seventy hour weeks to build India (through our work) and the next generation of Indians (our children). For years and decades. With a smile, and without a demand for overtime.
Funnily, no one has…
— Radhika Gupta (@iRadhikaGupta) October 29, 2023
In fact, many men are able to work for 10-12 hours at an office because there are women back at home taking care of household chores and other members of the family including the elderly and children. A few months ago, men on social media were sharing their daily routines and it was massively different from what a woman’s day-to-day life looks like. While men have the luxury of waking up and reading a book alongside having a cup of coffee, Indian women have to instantly engage in household chores, get the kids ready for school or prepare food for the elderly of the house.
Several people agreed with Radhika Gupta and said that the labour of women tends to go unnoticed in most families. Here’s how some of them reacted:
Indian women’s tireless dedication deserves recognition. 🙌
— PJ (@pjdaddyofficial) October 29, 2023
This is the thing which i love about Indian women after working 6-8 hours in workplace to manage family with full dedication👏👏
— Arya Arora (@AryaArora22) October 30, 2023
Very much agree..
I’m married to one such lady. She has been managing all these for the last 18+ years when we had our son.
A best employee at work, and best at everything, however it does take a toll on her at times but she comes back with rigor.
— Hariprakash Agrawal (@hariprakash) October 30, 2023
Also the men could work for more than 8 hours a day coz the mother or wife made their life stress free when they were back home.With both genders working with same passion now this is no longer easy.
so if u get 100 hours frm a work couple per week then that should be good 👍
— Unsung Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ASHDKP) October 30, 2023
Thank you Ma’m for speaking on behalf of all of us hard working mothers..!!
— Hiral (@Hiralr16) October 29, 2023
Yes, The woman works more in House and outside. Her contribution is invaluable. one more think, whether male or female, We should concentrate on quality of work, and not on hours and quantity. Work with less time with quality, sensible thought and honesty is enough.
— Durgesh B Oza (@creativedbo) October 30, 2023
World only count our working hrs at office. What work we do at home is unaccounted. That way our working hrs are 15-16 per day.
— Archana (@Archu3004) October 29, 2023
Immensely, terribly, burdensome is the amount of hours and work every home maker puts into perch her family at the right place. If at all I have to earn to pay the amount of work she does, I will have to work till 90. 😩
— C KRISHNAGOPAL (@krishkaran2009) October 30, 2023
What are your views regarding this topic?