articles by Aditi Mittal and Christina MacGillivray

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Ira Singhal on fighting discrimination against disability, enabling others

In this episode of Women In Labour, Ira Singhal talks about how she was prevented from joining the civil services because of discrimination against her disability. She contested the case, and then went on to earn the highest score in the country for the civil service exam. Today, she serves in the country’s Indian Administrative Services (IAS).

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Sairee Chahal on paving new ways of networking, creating work opportunities

In this episode of Women In Labour, Sairee Chahal, founder of Sheroes, a women-only social network, discusses the many ways in which leveraging shared platforms and community networks can open up the future of work to India's aspirational women.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Gulesh Chauhan, one of Uber India's top rated drivers, on the challenges and triumphs she faced

In this episode of Women in Labour, Gulesh Chauhan talks about how she struggled to keep her family afloat after the untimely demise of her husband. An unlikely lifeline, working with Uber as a full-time driver, led her down the road to recovery.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Economist Devika Kher on women being key to India's economic growth

In this episode of Women in Labour, Devika Kher breaks down the u-curve, one of the most important theories to understand the drop in women's participation in the workforce, in less than 30 minutes.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Filmmaker Paromita Vohra on adopting narratives free of patriarchy

In this episode of Women In Labour, filmmaker Paromita Vohra talks about adopting a narrative that is independent of the patriarchy. She also stresses on women deciding for themselves as to who they are and who they want to be.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Businessman Anant Ahuja on making workspaces friendlier for women

In this episode of Women In Labour, Anant Ahuja, Head of Organisational Development at Shahi Exports talks about how the well-being of female workers lies at the heart of successful businesses. He believes in making workspaces work for women — not the other way around.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Two Delhi-based working mothers talk about the importance of creches

In this episode of Women In Labour, Aditi Mittal along with guest host Nandita Gupta, speaks to two Delhi-based sisters-in-law, Khushboo and Pooja about the importance of creches for working mothers.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Kaveree Bamzai on the balancing act of working mothers

In this episode of Women in Labour, former editor of India Today Magazine, author, wife, and mother of two boys Kaveree Bamzai makes the case that mothers should actively make time for the things that bring them joy — without letting guilt creep in.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Dr Deepa Narayan on unlearning deference to men, breaking the cycle of silence

In this episode, Dr Deepa Narayan explores women’s learned habits, pleasing behaviours and deference to men, which feed a vicious cycle of silence. She encourages women to make themselves heard, even in the face of a society that constantly yells 'Chup!'

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: US Marine Corps veteran Anuradha Bhagwati on battling sexism, harassment

In this episode of Women in Labour, Marine Corps veteran, activist and award-winning author, Anuradha Bhagwati talks about growing up brown and queer in 1970s America and navigating the toughest branch of the US military.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Dr Ashwini Deshpande decodes impediments to female labour force participation in India

In this episode of Women in Labour, Dr Ashwini Deshpande simplifies some of the jargon to get straight to the heart of the matter — why are women in the country falling out of work?

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Film producer Guneet Monga on her journey and relationship with 'the hustle'

In this episode of Women in Labour, award-winning producer and founder of Sikhya films Guneet Monga talks to us about her relationship with the hustle, the side jobs she’s worked (including selling Laughing Cow cheese and DJ-ing), moving to Mumbai, and how she made and distributed her first film at the age of 22.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Dr Ritu Dewan on maneuvering through patriarchal structures at the workplace

In this episode of Women In Labour, Dr Ritu Dewan talks about the methodology, division of labour, and nomenclature at workplace and how it affects the working women.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Dr Shilpa Phadke on why women 'loitering' in public spaces is revolutionary

In this episode, Dr Shilpa Phadke talks about how public spaces play a role in women's commutes, why women have to justify their presence in public spaces, and why loitering could be the revolution we need.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Twitter India's Mahima Kaul on maternity leave, work after pregnancy

In this episode of Women In Labour, Twitter India's Mahima Kaul discusses what questions to-be moms should be asking about maternity leave, and how to take on leadership roles post-pregnancy.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Mayanti Langer on what it takes for working women to thrive in a man's world

In this episode of Women In Labour, sports reporter Mayanti Langer talks about her boundary-breaking journey that actually began with football, not cricket, and how there are more women in her industry today than ever before.

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The 'Women In Labour' Podcast: Journalist Namita Bhandare on why Indian women drop out of paid work

In this episode of the Women In Labour podcast, we examine the big picture of what impacts women in the workforce, what’s changed, and why there's a decline in the number of working Indian women.