Source | economictimes.indiatimes.com | Indulekha Aravind
When Padmaja Narsipur decided to return to fulltime corporate life in Bengaluru after a hiatus to take care of her three young children, she came up against a wall. While the master’s degree holder in computer science had had a thriving career as a consultant handling multiple projects in technical writing, e-learning and digital marketing during her break, prospective employers were unwilling to take that into account and offer adequate compensation. “I was met with scepticism. The offers I was getting was half of what I was earning as a consultant.” Fed up, Narsipur launched her own e-learning and UX company in 2016, which mostly employs women. “I was frustrated with the lack of flexibility and ethics,” says the 49-year-old.
Frustration was what drove Gurgaon-based Nikita Chopra (name changed on request) too. She finished her MBA earlier this year only to quit her job in advertising, a few months in. “I felt that women just don’t get a seat at the table — their contribution is not acknowledged, their time is not respected, and men talk over them — even those junior to me,” says Chopra.