21 episodes

Women In Labour, is a freewheeling, no-holds-barred, comedy podcast that explores taboo topics related to women, work, family, power and everything in between. Hosted by comedian, Aditi Mittal and filmmaker, Christina MacGillivray, Women In Labour asks questions like, ‘Why do women do the most unpaid work in the world?’, ‘What's stopping us from finding our inner boss?’, ‘Why do we preface our work emails with “I was just wondering...”?’
And the big one: ’What’s keeping us away from India's workplaces?’

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Women In Labour, is a freewheeling, no-holds-barred, comedy podcast that explores taboo topics related to women, work, family, power and everything in between. Hosted by comedian, Aditi Mittal and filmmaker, Christina MacGillivray, Women In Labour asks questions like, ‘Why do women do the most unpaid work in the world?’, ‘What's stopping us from finding our inner boss?’, ‘Why do we preface our work emails with “I was just wondering...”?’
And the big one: ’What’s keeping us away from India's workplaces?’

    Episode 20 - What Bollywood Taught Us

    Episode 20 - What Bollywood Taught Us

    How has the depiction of work changed in popular culture over time? Traditionally, how have women been portrayed in Indian movies vis-a-vis work and careers? Christina and Aditi sit down with award-winning long form journalist, Sohini Chattopadhyay to understand how Bollywood has traditionally depicted India’s women in labour. And whether this depiction is evolving—or devolving.

    With special guest, Sohini Chattopadhyay
    Sohini Chattopadhyay is an award-winning long form journalist who has written for publications all over the world. She writes a column on women in film for Film Companion

    She has won the Bala Kailasam citation for reporting on the web in 2017, the Ramnath Goenka award for feature writing in 2015 and the 2014 International Red Cross and Press Institute of India prize for humanitarian reporting. In 2015, she was one of only four nominees to be shortlisted for the prestigious ACJ Investigative Journalism Prize. She was also the recipient of the Robert Bosch media fellowship in Munich in 2017, an Asia Journalism Fellowship winner in Singapore in 2016, and a Chevening journalism fellow in London in 2015.

    MORE TO READ.

    This 2020 FilmCompanion piece by Sohini on female directors telling women’s stories:
    https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/bollywood-features/panga-and-chhapaak-what-happens-when-women-tell-womens-stories/

    This FilmCompanion piece by Sohini on Bollywood’s portrayal of women in the year 2019:
    https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/bollywood-features/women-in-bollywood-in-2019-the-good-disappointing-and-ridiculous/

    This 2019 LiveMint piece by Sohini about Bollywood and jobs:
    https://www.livemint.com/news/india/full-time-romantics-in-a-nation-of-job-seekers-1549567469480.html

    This 2018 LiveMint piece by Sohini looking at Bollywood’s depiction of women’s aspirations:
    https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/gW0RmkMUb27QUducQZaLIL/Why-dont-these-girls-work.html

    This 2017 LiveMint piece by Sohini, about professional identity and class/privilege in movies:
    https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/TcVedrnJxqu6b1ylDr6D0I/The-class-of-Kaira-Shyra-and-Shanaya-in-Bollywood.html

    This 2015 report titled ‘Cinema in Society: Shaping Our Worldview Beyond the Lens – Indian Films’:
    https://seejane.org/wp-content/uploads/cinema-and-society-investigation-of-the-impact-on-gender-representation-in-indian-films.pdf

    MORE TO WATCH.

    The Anupama Chopra interview with Sooraj Barjatya referenced in the episode:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_adyBoMeQA

    A BIG THANKS

    Women In Labour is generously supported by a grant from the American Center, New Delhi. All opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of Women In Labour and its hosts only — and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

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    Episode 19 - Women & Work in the Time of Coronavirus (Part 2)

    Episode 19 - Women & Work in the Time of Coronavirus (Part 2)

    We couldn’t not address it. The elephant in the room, or rather, the virus in the air. Releasing more than two months since India went into lockdown to contain the novel Coronavirus, this episode of Women in Labour was recorded entirely remotely. This is a slice-of-life perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted the lives of some of India’s working women.

    With special guests:

    Kripi Malviya, psychologist and co-founder TATVA center in Goa
    Devli Bai, Ramli Bai, and Mirki Bai — together with Shram Sarathi and Aajeevika Bureau, we were able to hear from a few women from migrant households about how their lives have been impacted during COVID-19.
    Ritu Dewan, economist and Vice President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics
    Mayanti Langer, award-winning sports journalist and cricket presenter
    Ashu Haldwani, Owner, Get Gorgeous Salon
    Sahiba Singh Dhupar, Image consultant and body positivity activist


    MORE TO READ/WATCH.

    This UN report on mental health and COVID-19:
    https://in.one.un.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Policy-Brief-COVID-and-mental-health.pdf

    This TheSwaddle piece about the pandemic-productivity narrative:
    https://theswaddle.com/people-are-using-pandemic-productivity-as-a-distraction-from-grief-vulnerability/

    This Aajeevika Bureau panel on the launch of ‘Unlocking the Urban: Reimagining Migrant Lives in Cities Post-COVID 19’:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwHqZvQLUEA&feature=youtu.be

    This PARI Network coverage series titled ‘Covering the human cost of COVID-19’ https://ruralindiaonline.org/articles/covering-the-human-cost-of-covid-19/

    This piece in the ET about migrant security:
    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/view-why-the-issue-of-migrant-security-should-be-a-top-priority-in-indias-covid-response/articleshow/75054748.cms?from=mdr

    This EPW Engage piece by Dr. Ashwini Deshpande:
    https://www.epw.in/engage/article/what-does-work-home-mean-women#.Xs9lqqWSaR4.twitter

    This WEF article about COVID-19 and the world of sports:
    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/sports-covid19-coronavirus-excersise-specators-media-coverage/

    This interview with Mithali Raj on sports, gender, and COVID-19:
    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/sports/not-just-womens-cricket-every-athletes-momentum-is-broken-because-of-covid-19-mithali-raj/articleshow/75689724.cms

    This IndiaToday article about the salon industry:
    https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/the-new-face-of-beauty-1673537-2020-05-02

    This IndianExpress article about beauty salons post-lockdown:
    https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/post-lockdown-beauty-salons-consider-hygiene-protocols-online-sessions-to-recoup-6410985/


    This UN report about promoting positive gender roles:
    https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2020/covid-19-promoting-positive-gender-roles-in-marketing-and-advertising-en.pdf?la=en&vs=4550

    This UNWomen blog about shifting gender norms during COVID-19:
    https://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2020/04/how-men-can-help-shift-gender-norms-during-covid-19-crisis-heforshe

    A BIG THANKS

    Women In Labour is generously supported by a grant from the American Center, New Delhi. All opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of Women In Labour and its hosts only — and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

    • 53 min
    Episode 18 - Women & Work in the Time of Coronavirus (Part 1)

    Episode 18 - Women & Work in the Time of Coronavirus (Part 1)

    We couldn’t not address it. The elephant in the room, or rather, the virus in the air. Releasing more than two months since India went into lockdown to contain the novel Coronavirus, this episode of Women in Labour was recorded entirely remotely. This is a slice-of-life perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted the lives of some of India’s working women.

    With special guests:

    Pooja Dhingra, pastry chef, entrepreneur, and author.
    Diya Kapoor, Yoga instructor, mother of two and now at-home school teacher
    Sunetra Choudhury, Political Editor at Hindustan Times
    Gulesh Chauhan, Uber driver

    MORE TO READ/WATCH.

    This Indian Express article about restaurants and COVID-19:
    https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/food-wine/restaurants-after-covid-19-hospitality-industry-6412388/

    This CNTraveller article by Pooja:
    https://www.cntraveller.in/story/pooja-dhingra-closes-south-mumbai-le15-cafe-restaurant-colaba-coronavirus-lockdown/

    This ThePrint discussion about COVID-19 and education in India:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVM3_0_nKSI

    This Brookings piece about COVID-19 and education in India:
    https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2020/05/14/covid-19-in-india-education-disrupted-and-lessons-learned/

    This TheWire article about newspaper delivery amid the lockdown:
    https://thewire.in/media/print-newspapers-coronavirus-salaries

    Sunetra’s dispatches on COVID-19 on Twitter, and in this Youtube playlist:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9wl9ZX1TMB7vGapIp6OkWVrH-aRh0oZZ

    This MoneyControl article about cab aggregators and COVID-19:
    https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/startup/lack-of-demand-virus-scare-keep-ola-uber-drivers-off-the-road-5322851.html

    This ORF piece on gender and the gig economy:
    https://www.orfonline.org/research/gender-and-the-gig-economy-a-qualitative-study-of-gig-platforms-for-women-workers-65948/

    A BIG THANKS

    Women In Labour is generously supported by a grant from the American Center, New Delhi. All opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of Women In Labour and its hosts only — and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

    • 41 min
    Episode 17 - Enabling Others

    Episode 17 - Enabling Others

    Our next guest, Ira Singhal 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). In line with her purpose of helping and enabling others, the role allows Ira to create opportunities for others, to empower others.

    With special guest Ira Singhal
    Ira Singhal is the first Person with Disability to top the prestigious Civil Services Examination, 2014. She currently serves as D.C. of Keshavpuram Zone in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and is the Brand Ambassador for the Department of Disability, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. She is also a brand ambassador for Niti Ayog and is on the National Panel for Accessible Elections, Election Commission of India. She has won a number of awards, including India Today’s Woman of the Year 2015, President’s Gold Medal for Topping the IAS Training, and the First Ladies of India Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Ira is also recorded in the Limca Book of Records. She has been a speaker on wide ranging issues like education, disability, Gender issues, skill development, and career counselling at more than 500 international and national conferences, industry forums, universities, colleges, and other top institutions of the country

    MORE TO READ.

    This NDTV article:
    https://www.ndtv.com/jobs/upsc-cse-number-of-women-joining-civil-services-is-less-than-25-2196839

    This 2019 ThePrint article:
    https://theprint.in/opinion/understand-disability-mussoorie-academys-civil-servant-trainees-blindfolded-themselves/300759/

    This 2019 HT article:
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/north-mcd-installs-plastic-bottle-flaking-machines-in-karol-bagh/story-T55ah2AQdiRcqkvT2KiBsN.html

    This 2015 ET article:
    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/ira-singhals-journey-to-the-top-of-the-upsc-heap-is-a-signal-of-hope-for-every-disabled-person-battling-the-odds/articleshow/50335561.cms?from=mdr


    MORE TO WATCH.

    This 2019 TEDx talk by Ira titled ‘The Role of Women as Future Leaders’:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrHlE5NEtvw

    This 2018 TEDx talk by Nipun Malhotra titled ‘Disability and India’:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzgsQTUQ-Fw

    This 2017 interview with Ira:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxV7_vAltRE

    A BIG THANKS

    Women In Labour is generously supported by a grant from the American Center, New Delhi. All opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of Women In Labour and its hosts only — and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

    • 23 min
    Episode 16 - Finding What Works for You

    Episode 16 - Finding What Works for You

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

    With special guest Sairee Chahal
    Sairee Chahal is Founder and CEO of SHEROES – the world’s largest online ecosystem for women. She is on the Board of Directors of Paytm Payments Bank. The SHEROES Network is home to the SHEROES app; Babygogo, a platform to support young mothers’; Maya, a global reproductive health platform and remote work product MARS. The network has a national and global footprint of 16 million women.
    Sairee is a Fellow of the Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a recipient of the Devi Award, Femina Achievers Award, Editor's choice for L'Oreal, Femina Women's Award and Business Today, Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, and a Cartier Award Alumni. In 2018, SHEROES was awarded in the "Social & Economic Empowerment" category at the IAMAI Digital Awards.


    MORE TO READ.

    This 2020 Forbes India article:
    https://www.forbesindia.com/article/self-made-women-2020/gig-economy-helps-india039s-women-workers-gain-financial-independence/57945/1

    Sairee on jobs of the future:
    https://qz.com/india/1800366/sairee-chahal-on-the-jobs-that-will-define-indias-future/

    This essay by Dr. Urvashi Aneja of Tandem Research:
    https://tandemresearch.org/publications/field-guide-to-the-future-of-work-a-view-from-india

    This 2020 ORF commentary:
    https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/the-future-of-work-embracing-informality-60680/

    This 2020 TheWire article:
    https://thewire.in/business/covid-19-lockdown-delivery-gig-workers

    This 2019 FES report:
    http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/indien/15719.pdf

    This 2018 ORF Special Report:
    https://www.orfonline.org/research/a-new-social-contract-for-the-digital-age-46019/

    This 2017 ICRIER report:
    http://icrier.org/pdf/Online_Freelancing%20_ICRIER.pdf


    MORE TO WATCH.

    This 2019 interview with Sairee:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_4F7Mo8_zI

    This 2018 interview with Sairee (in Hindi):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ls3AIH22dY

    Sairee’s 2012 TEDx talk:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNy7wsMuyU

    A BIG THANKS

    Women In Labour is generously supported by a grant from the American Center, New Delhi. All opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of Women In Labour and its hosts only — and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

    • 38 min
    Episode 15 - In the Driver's Seat

    Episode 15 - In the Driver's Seat

    After the untimely demise of her husband, Gulesh Chauhan struggled to keep her family afloat. An unlikely lifeline, working with Uber as a full-time driver, led her down the road to recovery. And to professional satisfaction. The cab driver with a record number of 5-star trips, Gulesh ji talks about the speed breakers along the way, moments of triumph, and the way forward.

    With special guest Gulesh Chauhan
    Gulesh Chauhan is currently a full-time driver for app-based taxi service Uber in the Delhi NCR region. She is one of Uber India’s highest-rated driver-partners and among the country’s first women Uber drivers. Her story has been widely covered in the national press including in outlets such as Elle, the DailyO, and SheThePeople, among others. She has also told her story, in her own words, on platforms like Josh Talks and the Youth Ki Aawaz Summit.


    MORE TO READ.

    This 2019 HerStory Article:
    https://yourstory.com/herstory/2019/04/professional-women-drivers-mobility-employment

    This 2019 Scroll piece by Dr. Shilpa Phadke:
    https://scroll.in/article/926148/mere-populism-kejriwal-plan-to-make-transport-free-for-delhi-women-could-actually-transform-city

    This 2019 Indian Express article:
    https://indianexpress.com/article/india/kerala-government-to-appoint-women-drivers-in-government-5924629/

    This 2019 ORF special report:
    https://www.orfonline.org/research/rewriting-the-rules-women-and-work-in-india-47584/

    This 2018 TOI article:
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/sunday-times/no-ban-but-plenty-of-bias-why-so-few-women-drive-in-india/articleshow/64809217.cms

    This 2017 HuffPost article:
    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/the-vedica-diaries/drivers-wanted-in-india-but-women-need-not-apply_a_23156584/


    MORE TO LISTEN TO.

    This episode of The Ride Share Guy podcast:
    https://therideshareguy.com/rsg025-whats-it-like-to-be-a-female-uber-driver-with-tiffany-hudson-stroup/


    MORE TO WATCH.

    This Josh Talks video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh6VKyGVL4Q

    A BIG THANKS

    Women In Labour is generously supported by a grant from the American Center, New Delhi. All opinions, findings, and conclusions are those of Women In Labour and its hosts only — and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

    • 25 min

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