The story of Terue Suzuki is an inspiring one, and I really commend her for standing up to a belief that no longer serves a purpose in this modern-day society. Suzuki can be broadly classified as a ‘Devil Wife’ simply because she chose to pursue her career even after bearing two children. To make things work, she had to shift back to her parents home for the weekdays and became a weekend wife.
Soon after the birth of her first child, this unique arrangement had to be organized because Suzuki could not find a place in the daycare for her child. The Japanese society doesn’t like it when women choose going back to work instead of staying at home and being a fulltime homemaker. Such women are often called a devil wife.
The current economy can do with the inputs from the women workforce, however one of the biggest deterrents is that lack of adequate daycare centers. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s government is on a war footing to tackle this problem. If they increase the number of employed women, then the gross domestic product may get a push by almost 15%. Limited daycare facilities, peer pressure and job inflexibility are some of the key areas that both the employers and the society need to work on. According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research (in 2010), 70% of the 6000 + respondents said mothers should quit working when their children are small to focus on raising them. This is the mindset that Japan needs to change, if it wants the women to be equal contributors in a balanced way of life. Companies too need to overcome the stigma of discriminations based on pregnancy and marriages.
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