Aren’t you fortunate? You can just leave your daughter and walk out,” “How can you have fun while your daughter is away?” Such remarks are not uncommon for single working mothers, who often find themselves facing judgment and guilt from others for their choices.
The societal perspective that sees taking time for oneself as a crime, particularly when it comes to women, is a concerning issue that deserves our attention. This article portrays the real-life story of a single working woman–Avantika who has not only overcome these stereotypes but has also thrived in her personal and professional life.
“When did taking some time out for myself become a crime?
Avantika was affected by these comments in the beginning, until one day she decided to take control and not be bothered by such statements. She refused to let others dictate whether she was doing enough or not. What was important was that she knew she was doing the right thing. Life as a single working mother was already a challenge, but she worked hard and went beyond her limits so that she could provide her daughter and herself with a better life.
Speaking about her professional life, she started her career as a journalist at the age of 24 and continued working as one until she entered pregnancy. Took a sabbatical for a year, and decided to have a career switch at 33. Today, she has become a brand head in one of the most esteemed companies, she now leads teams, manages brand deals, and leaves an indelible impact on her field. At 38 she is thriving.
Setting An Example
“I’m someone who loves taking up new challenges, not settling with just one thing. I believe I CAN HAVE IT ALL!”
One of the factors that pushed Avantika to pursue her dreams and excel in her career was her daughter. She wanted to set an example for her. She wanted her daughter to know that women can chase their dreams at any age and under any circumstances. Unstoppable, she has never ceased to pursue her passions. At 35, she took up Zumba and became a trained instructor, and even when her daughter was only four years old, she continued learning dance because it was important for her to engage in activities that brought her happiness.
Creating An Impact
“I want to help women, in whichever way I can and I want to let them know that– They are Worth It”
After working for more than 15 years, she realised many women just like her who want to work after a sabbatical, find it difficult to navigate their way back into the industry. To counsel these women, Avantika has created a small community of hers to help and empower these women. Many women have shown their gratitude towards her.
A Message To All The Working Women
To all the working women out there, her story serves as a reminder that every woman is incredibly strong, capable, and self-sufficient. Regardless of the challenges that life may present, the message is clear: "You Are Worth It!"
*This article is published in collaboration with L'Oréal Paris*