I Hope To Be A Role Model For My Female Cousins As The 1st Single Working Woman In The Family!

I never saw how women managed jobs, stress, and housework all together, and I wondered if they were even capable of doing a job? Am I capable of doing work?

Imagine a world where people constantly tell you what you should do and who you should be. You grow up accepting their words, but when it’s time to fulfil those expectations, you realize you have many questions as a woman in a world full of jobs, dreams, and aspirations.

This new place you were preparing for since childhood is unknown territory. There’s no one to look up to or confide in, and you’re afraid to be vulnerable with colleagues.

As a child, whenever I had any difficulty or questions, I would turn to my dad, a successful businessman who provided the best for me. However, there were things that he couldn’t control, such as the lack of female role models in my family. I never saw how women managed jobs, stress, and housework all together, and I wondered if they were even capable of doing a job? Am I capable of doing work?

As the first unmarried woman in my family to work, I felt isolated and unsure of myself

To clarify, I grew up in a time when the internet wasn’t easily accessible. I got access to the internet in my first year of college. Before that, the internet was only accessible in cyber cafes, and i didn’t have the option of finding female role models online. In my family, there was only one other woman who worked, but only after she got married and became the primary breadwinner for her family.

So I am the first unmarried woman in my family who’s working. The questions that plagued me still remain unanswered, but I keep going because I may not be the role model I needed in my life, but I can be someone my younger cousins can turn to for answers. I can be someone they can confide in and be vulnerable with.

I chose to move forward despite my worries

The questions I had about my abilities and future haunted me. However, I have found a way to keep moving forward. As I said earlier, I may not have the role models I wanted, but I have become someone my younger cousins can turn to for answers and support. I can be the confidante and support system for them that I never had, and that is a source of strength for me.

In conclusion, I want to say that although navigating a new world without the guidance of role models can be challenging, the possibility of creating a positive impact in other lives drives me. I may not have all the answers, but I hope my willingness to not give up will make a significant difference in their lives.

Image source: a still from the Marathi film Muramba

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Ekta Sati

I am Ekta Sati, born & brought up in a very peaceful and beautiful city, Rishikesh. I am an admirer of nature and loves to spend my time on the riverside and in the forests. read more...

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