By Sumati Nagrath
Some women tend to be ill at ease at after-hours gatherings as males outnumber females by far in these spaces. According to a 2005 CII-IMRB survey, ‘Understanding the levels of women empowerment at the workplace,’ while women comprise 16 per cent of the junior management levels across the corporate world, they form just 4 per cent at the senior management positions. The percentage of women in the topmost levels in private companies comes to a dismal 1 per cent. “Men have a natural tendency to network,” says Dang. “I’ve seen men strike an immediate rapport after establishing that they belong to the same alma mater, such as an IIT or IIM.”
“A woman-only network provides something specific that a mixed forum can never offer and that is a sense of empathy,” says Gita Dang, one of the main forces behind Women in Business. The empathy factor, she says, prompts a large number of women to grow into mentors and help other women with guidance regarding the most basic financial matters to more complicated legal issues.