In the wake of the “sensational” Times report that women hold nearly one-third of the country’s corporate leadership roles, we are seeing a shift in the public conversation around the gender equality of senior management positions in India.
And while there are still some ways to go, we can already see some progress.
As the Times reported, India has a long way to go when it comes to women in corporate management, and it’s not going to get better anytime soon.
The Times article has been met with some skepticism.
After all, it’s the first time that a Times-owned company has spoken out against a gender-based inequality.
And it’s only been in the past year or so that a women-centric media organization has gone on record in India, most notably in the wake the government’s crackdown on political dissent and the increasing use of social media in India and elsewhere.
But a number of other women-focused media organizations have spoken out in support of the Times’ report, including the Indian Women’s Media Alliance (IWMMA), which has been actively campaigning for a more inclusive workplace for women in India’s largest media companies.
IWMMA founder Kavita Krishnan recently told the Times that India has “very good job opportunities for women, but it’s going to take a long time for that to happen.”
This article originally appeared on The Hindu and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.