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  • Why Are India’s Women So Stressed Out?

    Ambitious women often feel they have to overcompensate at work, too, to counter ingrained preconceptions about their commitment or competence. “There’s a sense that a woman is just working until she gets married, [that] she is not a long-term resource,” said one senior finance professional. But proving their worth by putting in longer hours or volunteering for business trips — the conventional methods to further one’s career — isn’t always possible.

    Tapping its rich mine of educated female talent has been an important factor in allowing India to become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But recently this particular dynamo has been showing signs of strain. According to “Women of Tomorrow,” a recent Nielsen survey of 6,500 women across 21 different nations, Indian women are the most stressed in the world today. An overwhelming 87% of Indian women said they felt stressed most of the time, and 82% reported that they had no time to relax.

    The Nielsen survey’s respondents blame the difficulty of juggling multiple roles at home and work. Career opportunities for women in “the New India” are rapidly expanding, but family expectations and social mores remain rooted in tradition.

    Not surprisingly, the most stress is felt among women between 25 and 55 years of age, who are trying to balance demanding careers with obligations at home.

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    http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2011/08/why_are_indias_women_so_stress.html

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    About the Author: Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy. She is the author of eight books, including Top Talent.

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