It’s an all-women crew at In and Out, a department store adjoining a major petrol pump on Rajdanga Main Road, a few meters away from the popular Acropolis Mall. It’s a five or six-member crew who are at their professional best when it comes to helping customers through the long stacks of groceries or cosmetics or other domestic essentials, often aiding in choosing the best product available.
The women work as a team and share ties of friendship with each other. “We are very close-knit as a unit, both professionally and personally. Our relationship extends beyond our place of work”, says Susmita Mondal, a smart and suave young lady who was the most articulate of the lot.
Ahead of International Women’s Day, we asked the confident bunch of ladies about their workplace and how important it was to them to be able to access financial independence. “I would urge all women of this day and age to secure a means of independent earning for themselves. It is extremely important for women to live a good life”, said Susmita, while handing over the best eyeliner in her opinion to a much-confused customer at the cosmetic shelves.
Sabita Sarkar, who manages the cash counter and also the store and is like an elder sister to the other girls, who believes it is very important for families to support their daughters to participate in the workforce alongside men. “When families support their daughters, their jobs are made a whole lot easier. Luckily for me, support has always been forthcoming. Things have been smooth for me and I expect this support to continue well into the future”, Sabita says with a bright smile while also doing some strenuous monetary calculations at the counter.
Pinky Oraw, another of the staff members believes working with an all-female crew has helped her to be able to come out to work. “My husband would have been a little apprehensive had the staff also consisted of male members but that’s a matter that thankfully we can keep for another day. At present I am really happy to be doing this and wake up with a reason each morning”, Pinky tells us. While prejudices exist alongside empowerment, most of the women are extremely grateful for having a life outside of the confines of domesticity.
The work environment works in their favour and this job is something they are reluctant to ever give up on. “We are truly blessed to have a wonderful boss who is extremely understanding and compassionate in his treatment towards his employees”, says Sabita.
Ahead of International Women’s Day, these beautiful ladies had one and only message for women struggling for a place for themselves in the world. ” Women need to have their own independent means of earning and a life they have built on their own”, was their unanimous opinion.