Women working

So many times in India I’d see women carrying things on their heads.  Every time, it seems that they were very heavy loads.  I know for sure I couldn’t carry them as far as they did.  First, being on top of my head, I’d drop them, but also they just seem so heavy.

We’d women pass walking in front of our house with tree branches.  Not a few, but lots of them.  I think once working in the school gardens and the green areas outside the school, they would be able to take the branches they cut off, for their fire at home.

Other times, like this lady we saw in Goa, carrying branches by dragging them.  Wh knows how far they went.

Many other times we’d see women carrying pots full of water, coming from the water pump in the city, town or village, walking for long ways probably to their homes.

Women carrying their water in a village in Goa.

And you can also see women washing clothes by the water.  In many places and all the time there was water available.

It seems like women were always doing a lot of the heavy work.

Carrying bricks.


Washing? Or going to get water? Not sure.

Women were always doing hard work and still always wearing a saree and bangles.  They always looked pretty and they were doing such a hard work.

“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”

Marie Curie : chemist & physicist (1867 – 1934)


One thought on “Women working

  1. julie January 17, 2012 / 11:16 am

    …And they are all so beautiful and graceful! We found the same thing in Rajasthan, only it was brightly dressed women carrying buckets of sand on their heads. Always for some kind of construction or other. Our host in Jhunjunu said that usually the women, who are poor, are wearing their most beautiful saris so that no one steals them.

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