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The Superwoman Syndrome

The new Superwoman is ordinary in that she is neither rich nor famous. She is extraordinary in that she tries to be everything to everyone - juggling family life, social life, and commitments outside the home. The new Superwoman 'has it all' by 'doing it all' with superlative standards and ends up feeling overwhelmed, overextended, overworked and under-appreciated. Ever wondered where this term "Superwoman Syndrome" originated? Read on to find out...

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  • avneetkc

    This is a wonderful article, and it makes me understand the women I have known so far, their struggles, stresses, and how they managed, with all the grace, to meet each and every need that was placed on them. We do glorify such figures, as highlighted by the word \'superwoman\', but it is also important to understand the struggle that comes as a part of it, and this article highlights that very well.
    - Avneet Kaur

  • AbhilashaM

    This is a wonderfully apt article and so insightfully describes what so many women of our generation are trying to be and do. I\'d love to know more about how to draw boundaries at home and in the workplace, to prevent burnout and adjust expectations of those around us.

  • Weird username

    The stress one feels is relieved when one feels in control. Letting go or delegating responsibility can feel like losing control. Taking time to change our narratives and being kind to oneself is very important

  • Mohitha44

    Interesting perspective! Love the value of agency the article subscribes to throughout. Would also like to hear more about cultural influences on The Superwoman Syndrome.

  • Krin

    really good to read.. to apply in daily life.. need to write and follow all pointers

  • KeerthanaPullela

    Wonderfully articulated

  • Aparna16

    wonderful article. must read for all.

  • smadhav@csc.com

    good article

  • jalz29

    nice one.

  • jalz29

    nice one.