A daughter? A mother? A wife? A homemaker? A working woman? A friend? A sister? And so on. Women tend to play multiple roles simultaneously in a single day. For each of these roles, there are expectations thrust upon them due to social constructs and choices. Do we ever wonder if the pressures and expectations attached to these roles are even realistic?
“There is neither a perfect woman nor a perfect way to play a role,” said Anna Chandy, Chairperson of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, during her recent talk on ‘Mental Health for Women’ in Bengaluru.
According to social psychology, 'roles' are essentially the everyday activities that are played out of socially defined constructs. Women, who juggle between roles like a daughter, a wife, a mother and an employee, have a strict set of rules, responsibilities, expectations and behavioural standards that they are expected to live upto and fulfil on a daily basis. In contrast, men in a collective society, usually concentrate on office work-related responsibilities.