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Priyanka Chopra: Why should a woman pay the price for being what she wants to be?

Priyanka Chopra: Why should a woman pay the price for being what she wants to be?

Breaking norms is second nature for her. She hasn't had it easy, ever, but who said the road to success is an easy ride home.

While keeping the nation's flag flying high in another country, Priyanka Chopra speaks on the International Women's Day, offering her point
of view on why we should all be the women we want to be...
What #Noconditionsapply means to me
It starts with a bigger conversation around feminism, which is about making decisions for ourselves without being judged, and with the same freedom that men have enjoyed for so many years. And just like men, no condition should be placed on women before letting them make their own decisions. It's the freedom to be who you want to be despite the gender. Be the person you want to be...bina sharton ke.
Being the woman you want to be
I don't walk around with a mashaal saying that life should be a war. But no conditions must be placed on any human being that stops them from being who they want to be. This applies to girls in India, too. It's a small percentage of women, who are privileged to not have conditions placed on them. I'm grateful that I am in that lot. When I think about being the woman I want to be, I just want to be the best version of myself. And I use every opportunity that comes my way in that direction. I want all the girls without an exception to have that space for themselves where they have ample opportunities to be the women they wish to be.
Society's thinking needs to change
It is unfortunate that we're discussing the price women pay to have their way in life. I've seen this in other parts of the world, too — women have to pay a price for whatever they want to do. I don't think that women have to or they must pay a price to follow their heart and mind. We shouldn't create such norms for anyone. Why should she pay a price? It's a freedom that we, as mothers, sisters, daughters and achievers of this country, have and must enjoy. I'm progressive about this. I want to educate people that women shouldn't have to pay a price to begin with. That is an important debate to have. It's not the right thinking. It's not okay, even though it happens too often around all of us.(The Times Of India)

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