Welcome to the Indian stock market scene!
If I ask you to mention the first person that comes to your mind when I say words like “finance”, “investing”, “market” or “business”, who do you think of?
Is it your father? Brother? Husband? Idol? Warren Buffet?
Nevertheless, it’s a man!
It is the year 2021, women everywhere have fought gender inequality and shattered all glass ceilings in every field to reach the top and make their name.
But it just so happens that when it comes to the Indian stock market, you can barely eke out a woman’s name from the top of your head.
After doing a lot of research on why this is happening, I came across a few reasons like “Women don’t choose their careers over their families”, “ Women are bad with money” or “Women don’t have what it takes to sustain the pressures of the corporate world”
Suffice to say, none of that is particularly true. Indra Nooyi former CEO and CFO PepsiCo., Falguni Nayyar – founder Nykaa, Whitney Wolfe Herd founder and CEO Bumble, and countless other Indian women in business and leadership positions serve as big examples that prove the above statements as null and void.
A lot of the Indian brokerage firms have data that says they’ve had an increase in female investors in recent years. More women are now investing in the markets than they ever did before. According to The Economic Times, research data also suggests that women are found to be better at making outperforming portfolios than men.
So, not only are women heading firms listed on the stock exchanges but are also active investors in the market itself.
But the question remains, why are women not making it big in this predominantly male field? Will we ever see women equitably represented in this domain? Women are skilled multitaskers and there is no reason why this shouldn’t be possible.
For now, women are the snoozing tigers in the world of money. Resting, planning, saving up all their energy so that when the time comes, they head straight for the kill, devouring every bit of this bulls & bears world!