Pondering again on women's day about inequality effect,
Pressures of juggling home and work are not hard to detect,
High time we recognize these imbalances and help deflect,
And take serious action beyond recognition and reflect.
Societally, we cannot be oblivious to this grave reality,
Women’s short and long term wellbeing is not a banality.
The urgent and pressing need is for true equality,
Physical, mental and emotional labor distribution is not a triviality.
Balancing multiple fronts can take their toll,
Findings reveal these facts, poll after poll.
Shouldering myriad duties pull women in opposite way,
Continually, balancing work and personal fronts are a tough play.
Can women’s varied responsibilities be truly prioritized?
Can multitude of roles and responsibilities be correctly categorized?
Can one role over others, monopolize?
What happens when women have to persistently sift and strategize?
All tasks demand time, effort and energy to sway,
Unequal distribution of home chores is a heavy price to pay,
Dissimilar pay and perks for the same work is not okay,
Urgently, we need to find a better, sustainable way.
Published by Shalini Kathuria Narang
Shalini Kathuria Narang is a software professional and a freelance journalist. She has reported for national and international newspapers, magazines and news sites. Her poems have been published in several anthologies including Starry Nights: Poetry of Diaspora in Silicon Valley and Pixie Dust and All Things Magical. She is a monthly contributor to Masticadores USA and has been published on Spillwords Press. She is originally from New Delhi.
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