“I did everything society asked me to do – studied well, topped in school, graduated from Anna University – MIT campus, landed a good job in campus placements, never missed a promotion for almost 8 years, got married to the love of my life, had a baby and so on and on and on…
Everything seemed perfect until I had to take a maternity break.
I felt that 6 months weren’t enough and decided to take a sabbatical for a few more months. That is when I woke up to who I am.
I understood that I can neither stay at home entirely nor work from the office entirely. I needed a solution. Then I understood that almost every woman around me had a similar dilemma. I did a study and knew that only 5.4% of Indian urban women made any income at all. It was shocking at first but I also saw an opportunity to serve.
What if there was a platform for women, who are educated and skilled to freelance/work from home?
I founded ‘Overqualified Housewives’ on Independence Day of 2022, a platform that helps women earn a second chance at being financially independent.
The idea was simple, but the message was powerful.
Within 6 months of launching, over 800 women (all educated and highly skilled) have joined the platform and over 150 brands have started hiring freelancers from us.
Through this journey, I have understood that degrees don’t necessarily help us, but skills can. I realised that all women need is a pat on the back and a finger to point them in the right direction.
We do exactly the same at Overqualified Housewives.
My belief is that women are resilient, determined and powerful, but only if we are together. One woman inspires another. Together, we inspire woman-kind.
I intend to do just that. Putting us all together. Promoting togetherness, while we together promote financial independence.”