Author: Falguni Agrawal
Student of Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, New Law College, Pune
“I raise up my voice not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
The old saying “where woman is honored, there God resides.” This very clearly states that women were treated well and excelled in most spheres of their life. In today’s world, girls are no less capable than boys. They are at the same level as boys in every field of life, be it politics, sports, education and cinema, aeronautics, etc. From the sweeper to the president, women have proved themselves better than men in every field. A Woman is the only one who gives rise to a family. The positive changes were seen not only in the condition of the women but also in society as a whole.
In the golden days of Indian history, when Aryans came to India, women enjoyed equal rights. Women enjoyed their higher status than their future generations in the 20th Century. From the earliest days, there had been many noticeable women in India i.e. the poets, scholars, capable administrators and leaders of religious institutions. Few of the notable women were: Lilawati, the great mathematician during the time of Aryans, Ahalabai Holkar and Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi.
But, on the other side, increasing cases of dowry has led to the cases of bride burning or dowry deaths (Section 304 IPC). That is the worst part of marriage and social reform. There must be a huge change in the reforms. In spite of the arranged marriage, the concept of love marriage must be introduced and must be appreciated. Until and unless the marital relations are improved, there can be no equality between man and woman.
Women in modern India
Women are contributing equally in shaping the community to make it a modern and a civilized nation. For example, “a cart has two wheels. A cart can’t work until and unless both the wheels work.” In the words of B.R. Ambedkar, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.”
Women have outshone themselves and reduced the discrimination that was once based on gender. A woman of today’s time not only has potential and adequate skills set to be on par with their male counterparts.
Successful and Great Women
Modern women have distinguished themselves and made them not only homemakers but also an independent person. Women have not only made the world a better place but also have made all the people be proud of them. Some of the successful and great women that have achieved something are Pratibha Devi Singh Patel in Politics, Kalpana Chawla in Aeronautics, Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal in the fields of sports. Even the first IPS officer was a female, Kiran Bedi.
We often tend to hear that behind every successful man, there is a woman. Without the support of the woman in a family, man wouldn’t have achieved anything. Gone with the winds, were the days when women remained in the houses just to cook for the family and not to look out of the houses for jobs. But, as time flew by, women have achieved glory in all spheres of their lives. They are often termed as the weaker vessels, but they are now at par or second to all the men.
Role of woman in Bollywood Movies
In most societies, it was seen that men were the bread earners of the family while the role of women was restricted only to being a good mother and a housewife. Over the past years, cinema has witnessed the transformation in the way a woman is portrayed as a more independent, confident and career-oriented. Some of the examples that show the growth of women even in the fields of cinematography are Saandh ki aankh, Dangal, Panga and many more.
Dark side of Women Empowerment
Even though women have made our country proud, still people practice the orthodox method of female infanticide, inequality between man and woman, dowry system and many more. This list will never end and will continue until each one is alive. India is a developing country and not a developed nation, and thus woman empowerment is still in the infancy state.
Biased Attitude: The biased attitude of people towards the education of a girl is so backward that they never try to teach girls after a certain class or age. Boys are made to qualify for further studies. By each passing year, it is seen that girls are more promising than boys.
Dual Role of Women: The discrimination done towards a woman is a modern concept since, in ancient times, women were treated with honour and were given care and respect. The sad reality is that working women have to play a dual role both as a career-oriented and as a homemaker.
It was in the fitness of things that the “United Nations Organization declared 1975 as International Women’s Year”. At that time Mrs. Indira Gandhi was also the Prime Minister of India and Mrs. Bhandarnaike was the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, another intelligent woman.
Women of Free India
Gender Equality: Women today are more reluctant to take up jobs. They expect respect, care and dignity in the family. Women in this India enjoy equal pay for equal work.
Educational Status: The girls of present times are at par with the boys. But in rural areas, there is less literacy among girls. This has affected the economic development of the country as a whole.
Women and Politics: The maximum figure of women in politics all over the world is from India. Women have taken up the most significant positions i.e. of President, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and what not.
Evils against women: Violence against women in India, includes bride burning for the want of dowry, cases of rape, prostitution and many more to count on. Even small girls or babies are left out of these evils. There are many cases where one finds that a 6-year old was raped and then left at an abandoned place to die. Where is humanity? This question pops up in mind, every time there is news about the rape victims.
Women have not only shown their worth but have also come at par with men. Ending evils against women will prove to be a turning point in the lives of females. As it is said, the man educates only one person, while a woman educates the entire family. With this, women empowerment is just a step towards development.
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