Indian women ‘pay’ to get married. The payment begins at birth (and frequently before), women are denied opportunities to become self reliant, they are denied fitness that comes from playing out in the sun, they are not allowed to socialize or to have relationships, they also pay with their safety and freedom, inheritance, career opportunities, health etc.
How can the society ensure that marriage (and homemaking) does not result in women becoming financially dependent on their husbands?
Preeti D shared this link, what do you think?
Homemakers likely to get monthly salary from husbands soon – I think the heading should have been – Couple’s assets earned during the marriage likely to be seen as joint property.
“The work that women do at home is also economic activity but it goes unaccounted. If children are sent to a creche, then money has to be spent. If somebody from outside does cooking or any other work, money has to be spent. And the quality of work of homemakers cannot even be compared with others,” Tirath said.
The minister said if a portion of a husband’s income is allocated as wife’s share, it is likely to be spent on better food for children, on their education and the overall quality of standard of living of that household.
“Working in homes is economic activity and if this is recognised, it will give us a truer reflection of what the GDP of our country is. It will also help us know more accurate figure of the rate of real unemployment in the country,” Tirath said.
Here are some TOI comments.
why some percentage when entire salary is controlled by wife??? i wonder in which country this congress govt lives??
Perhaps, for some women it does, everything is jointly decided so long as the couple is happily married.
But what happens if one of them (for whatever reason) wants to separate? Which one is likely to find themselves in a marriage they don’t want to be because they are not financially self reliant (because they were married)?
Quantifying the numerous efforts and dedication of a homemaker is impossible and measuring it in terms of money would be absolutely disrespecting.
The numerous efforts and dedication have not empowered the homemaker – maybe an equal share in family’s earnings (made during the period of the marriage) would be a more honest way of showing respect?
I think this posts answers most of these questions: Men and women work equally hard in general, and yet society only considers “men’s work” as work deserving of pay.