Over the years, your support has made Women’s Web the leading resource for women in India. Now, it is our turn to ask, how can we make this even more useful for you? Please take our short 5 minute questionnaire – your feedback is important to us!
A renowned actress, women's activist, Padma Bhushan Shabana Azmi turns 71 & we celebrate her most iconic quotes!
A renowned actress, women’s activist, Padma Bhushan Shabana Azmi turns 71 & we celebrate her most iconic quotes!
Shabana Azmi was born on September 18, 1950 to Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi and stage actress Shaukat Azmi. She won the hearts of movie lovers with her debut in ‘Ankur’ in 1974.
Her 46 years of countless contributions to Bollywood has made her a paragon of feminism, fashion, power, and rebellion. Apart from her spectacular work in Hindi films and even Hollywood, Shabana Azmi is regarded as a leading social activist and an inspiring orator. Read on to experience the magic of Shabana Azmi’s words!
“Female infanticide is something I feel very strongly about. When we talk about the empowerment of women, surely the seeds of it should start from the girl’s right to be born.”
“We call her ‘mother goddess’. But I don’t want to be treated as a goddess, I want to be treated as equal. Today’s society cannot afford to do anything except treat genders as equal.”
“I don’t think there is anything wrong with women celebrating their sexuality provided they are not surrendering to the male gaze. This is what happens frequently in mainstream cinema, and this is a problem because women are still allowing themselves to be commodified.”
“The empowerment of women depends on how we raise our boys. Have we questioned why masculinity is always about power and strength, about mardangi (manhood)? Why is mardangi also not about compassion and consideration?”
“We are over 100 million Muslim women in India and around 2 million get to go to college. So, even when we do get educated, so few of us are really visible, so few of us have the opportunity to climb up the social and financial ladder. That’s unacceptable. Not just because it denies us access to something as basic as a decent job, it also denies women the ability to be truly independent.”
“We are constantly told to prioritize things in life. Men over work, families over work, cooking and dinner over work, taking care of children over work. Most of these are looked at as women’s work alone. But women’s movement has made us realize that no space is inherently gendered. The kitchen is not for the women alone, nor is the office for the man. Know that you can own a space that you wish to occupy.”
“We fear what we do not know and thus are created ‘the other’… the other race, the other religion, the other gender. Who decides what’s normal? We need to become a far more inclusive society.”
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views. Individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times. If you have a complementary or differing point of view, sign up and start sharing your views too!
Muskan is an undergraduate literature student, an avid reader and a writer. Her areas of interest include gender, sexuality and psychology. She feels strongly for the things around and does not shy away from voicing read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
Be it a working or a homemaker mother, every parent needs a support system to be able to manage their children, housework, and mental health.
Let me at the outset clarify that when I mention ‘work’ here, it includes ANY work. So, it could be the work at home done by a homemaker parent or it could be work in a professional/entrepreneurial environment.
Either way, every parent struggles to find that fine balance between ‘work’ and ‘parenting’, especially with younger kids who still need high emotional and physical support from their caretakers. And not just any balance, but more importantly, balance that lets them keep their own sanity intact!
Paromita advises all women to become financially independent, keep levelling up and have realistic expectations from life and relationships.
Heartfelt, emotional, and imaginative, Paromita Bardoloi’s use of language is fluid and so dreamlike sometimes that some of her posts border on the narration of a fable.
Her words have the power to touch the reader while also delivering some hard hitting truths. Paromita has no pretences in her writing and uses simple words which convey a wealth of meaning in the tradition of oral storytellers – no wonder, Paro is a much loved author on Women’s Web.
This June we celebrate twelve years of Women’s Web, a community built by you – our readers and contributors.