Jobs for women are not seen in the same light today as they were a few decades ago!
A lot has changed in the last decade or so and the progress made by women in varied professional fields has not only enriched the profession but also has catapulted the individual women in terms of economic strata and self-dependence.
While it is clear that the influx of women to positions of responsibility has created a new-found confidence in them, researchers firmly believe that comes at a price. The debate is whether it is worth it! To each his own, but like any other thing in life there is good and bad associated with this as well.
Talking of successful women holding high profile corporate positions, I am reminded of Katie Couric, the celebrity news anchor of the "Today" show broadcasted by NBC. There is no doubt hers was an influential position. There was a huge splash when this accomplished woman decided to leave NBC for a more challenging role and bigger responsibilities at CBS.
This was touted to be one of the major news making stories during those days. In fact the sagging fortune of CBS was more or less relying on the stardom of Katie Couric to head north. This speculation is a testimony to the immense power and popularity Couric possessed in her industry and this is also an example of the woman coming of age and giving her male competitors a run for their money.
This marked the beginning of an era in which jobs for women were opening up in an unprecedented manner. These episodes not only highlight and celebrate the success of womanhood in general, they also brought to fore the difficulties faced by women in the workplace. Most women will find it really difficult to relate to the 15 Million Dollar annual compensation that Katie earned but they will certainly related to the mixed feeling of being very successful professionally and being born as a female.
Here is an article about the - Top 25 Best-Paying Jobs for Women CNN knows how to attract readers, right? The subject garners a lot of attention.
Some researchers believe that on one hand professional success has given women a sense of self-fulfilment and economic stability but on the other it has impacted in a big way the traditional roles like child bearing.
Alison Wolf an academic of the Kings College London wrote a controversial article on this topic. According to the article Alison firmly believed that highly successful women have contributed to society in a big way but in the process they had developed a growing disinterest in bearing children.
Alison later wrote in the Prospect Magazine's April 2006 issue about how women used to be a part of the elite because of their birth and marriage in the past and how they have turned the tide in their favour to enter the elite group as individuals.
Alison has strongly pointed out the impact of professional success of women on female altruism. According to Alison the values and cultures associated with women like educating their children, caring and nursing the old and sick have been on a steady decline and the causes can be attributed to professional success of women.
These thoughts of Alison have faced severe criticism from various corners. Some of the prominent successful women professionals have been very vocal about how the articles misrepresented the truth.
I personally believe it there has to be a little bit of compromise on other fronts for a working woman but then it is rare that a responsible woman would ignore caring for her baby or sick parents.
No doubt jobs for women come bundled with enormous challenges. The dynamics of life change quite a bit but then there have been some very good examples around where this has made women come out stronger in both fronts of the life - professional and personal.