There is No Better Time To Be a Women Than Right Now

By Chitra Anand | The Globe and Mail | May 26, 2017

I was brought up in a traditional Indian home by two immigrant parents who came to Canada from India in the sixties.

My upbringing took the shape of a traditional household with traditional roles. My father went to work to provide for the family; my mother stayed home, took care of the kids and the household. It was a conservative and strict upbringing. I was not allowed to wear dresses above my knee, show my bare arms, have sleepovers or date boys.

These were all cultural limitations, but even with them, I was encouraged to do well in school, pursue my passions, have a career, be great and chase my dreams.

I was told that I can do anything that I set my mind to.

I was never told that, by being female, I was at a disadvantage. Thus, it never crossed my mind, and I never felt disadvantaged.

The first time that I heard about gender inequality was when I was 28. It was at my second job when I started to see things, hear about the problem, and start to experience it. It's amazing actually – I went through high school, university and two jobs without feeling like being female had its challenges.

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