Women’s astonishing surge in BD
The lives of women in our country have already been improved over the years. In the past, women were often viewed in an inferior light and were known to have little economic values. Women's social responsibilities then were mainly to be faithful housewives and social workers. However the economic values of women took a total change gradually over the years.
Today, women are given equal opportunities to receive education and to compete with men in job applications or even climbing up the corporate ladder. This is because they possess the potential to perform as well as their male counterparts. With their diligence, ingenuity and systematic approach towards work, many of the women in workforce have successfully convinced everyone of their ability to contribute economically. Consequently, the mental perception of the women's worth has changed. They need not always be subservient to their husbands or bosses but in some cases, they are in positions to make important decisions for the family or corporation.
Even the term 'housewife' is obsolete today. Women who are not working are termed as 'homemakers', playing the role of maintaining the 'home' rather than the house. This is significant because they meet the crucial needs of their working husbands, the latter can remain effective in contributing to the economy. For those with children, these 'homemakers' play the role of preparing their kids through positive teaching and moulding their characters with right values so as to prepare them for the tough world outside.
Perhaps, the lives of women in Singapore can be improved in the aspect of society's expectations. They are often expected to sacrifice their jobs for the family rather than the men. Working mothers are expected to cope with their careers and household chores at the same time while their husbands concentrate solely on their careers. However, this does not happen to every woman. Over the years, men have learnt to be equal partners in keeping their homes and bring up their children. Some have even quit their jobs to be homemakers while their wives become the breadwinners. As for those women who quit their jobs for the family, many have done willingly, being convinced of a greater role at home.
Thus, I would conclude by stating that women here have been treated fairly by society and with the increase in education, the perspectives concerning their roles have been redefined and certainly exalted.
The writer is a student