With a rapidly growing Indian economy, one presumes that a greater proportion of women would now be entering the workforce across metros and small towns in India.
Yet data indicates otherwise.
With only 29% of women over the age of 15 working, India has one of the lowest workforce participation rates when compared to many other emerging economies (The Conversation, 2014).
While women’s educational attainment has improved over the years, organizations where women work, continue to be challenged with retention and growth of women at mid and senior levels.
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN IN FORMAL WORKPLACES:
INDIA'S LEAKING PIPELINE
But, women do aspire. Despite their low representation in leadership positions, 97.2% of women, as compared to 95.6% of men, do aspire for jobs with increased responsibility (Catalyst, 2015).