Women In today’s world
There is a maxim which says “behind every successful man there is a woman”. This maxim well suits in today’s scenario. Not only today but if we go back to the past; we could see that it’s the woman who changes a man’s world. If a woman wants she can make a house or she can destroy. Gone are the days of sati system where a woman was burnt alive along with her dead spouse.
With the growing awareness in women today, there has been a drastic change in the behavior, living and knowledge of women. DO you remember the place of a woman in the society, say, some decades back? It was that of a slave who has to follow her master on whatever is told to her by her master. Now things have changed, where women are equally literate than men are. They walk shoulder to shoulder with men.
Women has become independent now. Thanks to the growing education programs being conducted all over India for the enhancement and development of education in women. The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennium. There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a great revolution in the history of women. The evidence is everywhere; the voice of women is increasingly heard in Parliament, courts and in the streets.
Although most women in India work and contribute to the economy in one form or another, much of their work is not documented or accounted for in official statistics. Unfortunately, women in this country are mostly unaware of their rights because of illiteracy and the oppressive tradition. Names like Kalpana Chawla: The Indian born, who fought her way up into NASA and was the first women in space, and Indira Gandhi: The Iron Woman of India was the Prime Minister of the Nation.
Women in India now participate in all activities such as education, politics, media, art and culture, service sectors, science and technology, etc .The Constitution of India guarantees to all Indian women equality (Article 14), no discrimination by the State (Article 15(1)), equality of opportunity (Article 16), equal pay for equal work (Article 39(d)). In addition, it allows special provisions to be made by the State in favor of women and children (Article 15(3)), renounces practices derogatory to the dignity of women (Article 51(A) (e)), and also allows for provisions to be made by the State for securing just and humane conditions of work and for maternity relief. (Article 42).
Women have now not only found their place in work places but are also party to governance. In recent years there have been explicit moves to increase women’s political participation. Women have been given representation in the Panchayati Raj system as a sign of political empowerment. There are many elected women representatives at the village council level. At the central and state levels too women are progressively making a difference. Today we have women Chief Ministers in five large states of India. The Women’s reservation policy bill is slated to further strengthen political participation.