Challenges in the life of the everyday woman are many, no matter the field they choose to excel. The challenges become multiplied exponentially when it comes to shining in the man’s world especially politics. Women in politics greatly work their way to optimise their available time to strike a balance between politics and family life.
Being Away from Home
The life of a political leader demands more time away from home. Frequent party meetings, legislative duties, committee meetings, etc. are mostly away from the comfort of the abode. This travel necessarily involves leaving family members behind – husbands, kids, elders and in some cases even infants. Some political leaders prefer to leave their dependent loved ones in the hands of partners, family members and even carers in their absence. In spite of their duty to the nation, they do the best to carry out their duties in the family, which has earned the respect of women who are struggling to find their way in the society.
Handling Sensitive Issues
In a versatile country like India where the term ‘multicultural’ has been given a whole new meaning, women in the political scene are forced to comment, commit and sometimes take stands on sensitive issues which may not be in favour of some sections of the society. At these times, women are often pondering over the safety and security of their family members once they boldly make statements and express their views to the public.
Empowering the Sacred Feminine
The society needs women to stand up and take the fight to the opposition. India has been blessed to witness some of the best political leaders as women, who have made a whole new generation believe that they can contribute to the development of the country. Balancing both family and political career at the current scene may be a tad difficult but Indian women leaders of today are keen on overcoming that to be the guiding light for the generations to follow.
The Starlets of the Political Scene Today
There are quite a few names that come to mind when we talk about women who do their best to strike a balance between political and family life and have been successful at both.
Widowed after the assassination of her husband Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi did her best to protect her children and safeguard their interest before indulging in the political scene. Being a foreigner in her adopted country, she has stood rock solid among numerous hurdles that came her way. Today as the President of one of the most influential parties in India, she is an inspiration beyond doubt.
From being a Supreme Court advocate to the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is one of the most popular names in the country. Known for her ability to handle any situation, Sushma Swaraj was named as the most popular Indian politician by the Wall Street Journal. As the first woman chief minister of Delhi, she raised quite a few eyebrows. As a mother and doting wife, Sushma Swaraj has been no less when handling family responsibilities. She married her then-colleague and Supreme Court advocate, Swaraj Kaushal and is blessed with a daughter who has also donned the barrister cape. As a wife and mother, she has balanced both her political career and family life quite well.
Being the daughter of a popular politician in the Southern Peninsula, Kanimozhi has inherited not just the political acumen of her father, but also his literary skills. Coming from the Dravidian outfit DMK, Kanimozhi has set the standards for Tamil women in the political scene. Educated, soft-spoken and wise, Kanimozhi’s deep knowledge and new ideas have offered extra fragrance to the Tamil populace. Balancing life as a Rajya Sabha member, a senior leader in the political front, a liberal women force, a literary fanatic and a mother & wife has been her standout characteristic. Married to G. Aravindaan, a Singapore based Tamil enthusiast and businessman, Kanimozhi is blessed with a son. She has been able to fulfil both her political and family responsibilities.