Edelweiss MF CEO Says Indian Women Have Been Working For More Than 70 Hrs A Week For Years

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.

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“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.

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.

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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:

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