India’s Working Women – The Numbers – Briefly – WSJ

India has one of the world’s most lopsided female participation rates in its labor force, an imbalance global chains want to change as they establish foothold in the world’s second-most populous nation.

A Wall Street Journal article outlines how fast-food chains have become an unlikely source of female empowerment and employment.

Here is a look at the numbers behind the country’s female workforce.

Less Than One Third

Only 27% of India’s workforce is female, far below the world average of 50%, according to the World Bank. Tanzania has the highest percentage of women in its workforce, at 88%, while Syria has the lowest, at 14%.


A vast majority of India’s working women–about 63%–are employed as helpers on farms. Women typically account for less than one in five employees in sectors outside agriculture.


It is hardest to find women in the transportation sector in India, partly because families shield their daughters and sisters from traveling alone and forbid them from activities that may involve late nights, such as trucking. Only 1% of India’s transport sector is made up of women.

At Least One Third

At least one in three employees working for a global food chain in India is female. American fast-food chains offer female-only shifts, self-defense classes, mentoring programs and parents’ lunches to draw more women into their stores and convince their families they are a safe place to work. Having 30% workers as women may not seem particularly high, but that’s more than twice the average for the food-service industry in India, where only 14% workers are female.

Source: India’s Working Women – The Numbers – Briefly – WSJ


One Comment to “India’s Working Women – The Numbers – Briefly – WSJ”

  1. India’s Working Women – The Numbers – Briefly – WSJ

    The above piece is an informative statistics about the women workforce in some workplaces in India.

    In the transportation sector, only 1% of women are contributing, and the reasons are given therein. In this respect, I agree with the reasons given. It will take a long time to encourage women to join and contribute in this sector. But before that, the society has to change and the mind set of the population has to be changed! Such changes take decades!

    Now, American fast food chains in India where one in three workers is female (with all the benefits and security assurances taken care of by the employers, as listed), therefore, Food service industry in India, where only 14% workers are female (as stated) must learn and implement facilities from this example!

    My view is that Public and Private sectors would greatly benefits if the benefits and facilities are provided to women, India will progress well and faster. Here the Government can play its part to enhance women workforce in India.

    With regards to change in society and mindset of India population (mentioned above) can come sooner, if more women are in every sector of the workforce.


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