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Having more women in the workforce increases the amount of people able to work. Women working also leads to more equality between the sexes. The disadvantage is that there might be discrimination against women. Women with children cause a whole other set of problems, because they have to find a place to keep their children and someone to take care of them.
Bias and personal slant will enter any answer to a question like this. For my part, I think that there are more positives than negatives with Indian women entering the workforce. On one level, I think that it fosters independence for women, in that it allows them to be their own earners. Additionally, I think that women in the workplace allow a new sector of revenue streams to be created. At the same time, I think that women who might not have had as much in way of tradition- dictated customs could find themselves benefiting greatly from entering the workforce. At the same time, I think that those who strongly believe in tradition and custom would voice some of the most vociferous opposition to women in the workplace. They would feel that the abdication or even the smallest alteration to women's traditionally bound concepts is not worth it. On a more theoretical level and just like their counterparts in the West, Indian women who enter the workforce will find a more challenging element in defining their own identity. This is not a negative or a reason to reject the notion, but it is something that will and has posed challenges to Indian women, in that their status as working is one element that can change both how other women and men view them and how they view themselves.
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