Status of women-Reality

One of the persisting feature of the Indian society has been the explicit division of labour based on gender and age. Ideologically males are viewed as producers who provide material needs of their women and children, women on the other hand are treated as consumers whose role is of a housekeeper in the household and perform socially defined roles sometime participating in gainful activity of the community.


It is now a stark reality that well being of a nation depends upon the involvement of the women folk into the different activities of the society. The major indication of a progressive society is thus giving status and role to largely contribute to almost half of the population at the global level. Socially, culturally, politically, economically, and administrative spear women are in inferior position to men. Indian society today is passing through a phase of transition. Needless to say that alongside the changes in various aspects of society and culture, changes have also come about in the position of women.

In the last three or four decades several factors for example educational, economic, legal have coalesced, enabling women, in particular to enter the labor force. Such a shift in the patterns of employment of a small proportion of women, especially married women has drawn the attention of the social scientists, some of whom perceive it as the beginning of a profound change in the status of women as well as in marital and family structure.

The emergence of employment opportunities has encouraged many women to seek paid job outside home. And yet such opportunities have come to them with mixed blessings. Many such wives face dilemmas, because their occupational pursuits contradict their domestic obligations. There is and unconscious fear among all including women themselves that to alter the traditional arrangements might change or even destroy the family and feminity. Despite their equal status with men in the eyes of the law, cultural and religious values exhort the, to be dependent on men. The process of social change is ambiguous and offers women conflicting signals. Consequently, the decision women make to seek an occupation is depend upon their ability to cope with dual responsibilities, domestic and occupational and to negotiate with their family by making arrangements to satisfies the later. Such choices as well as negotiations occur in social and cultural contexts which are heavily staked against women.


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8 Responses

  1. lkjhgf says:

    But now women are consider equallu in most of the part of the country.

    The virtue lies in the struggle, not the prize.
    -lkjhgf

  2. Service_to_all says:

    Hello,

    I donot dispute the fact that women also have to have a role in the development of the society. How one handles is left to the individual. However one fact has to be kept uppermost in the mind is the psychology of a growing child. If both the parents are working, then when the child returns home from school, the expectation of the child to find someone receiving them, has a definite bond established. Invariably during the early teens, the affinity to the mother is predominant.

    Alternatively, the concept of nuclear family should be replaced by joint family setup, where the grand parents are there atleast to take care. This will definitely help the psyche of the child.

    This is my personal opinion, and please do not treat it as male chauvinism.

    Regards,
    SERVICE TO ALL

  3. betterlife says:

    Positions of men and women in a society are based on the arrangements that society established for its effective management. These positions are complimentary and should not be seen as “women are dependent on men”. Many things have changed in Indian society, some for good and some for bad. It has affected social fabric to a large extent, both in positive and negative manner. It is for the individual man and woman as partners in a family to decide what arrangement will be good for them.

    “प्रेम करो सबसे, नफरत न करो किसी से”
    “Love all, Hate none”

  4. jmalhotra says:

    jmalhotra

    enjoying equal rights and benefits at workplace and at home…now everyone prefer to have an earning life partner than to have a simple housewife ..times have changed

  5. Service_to_all says:

    Hello,

    “Everyone prefer to have an earning Life Partner” is something which doesnt augur well for the society. Only when there is an absolute need should one look for an earning partner.

    Ofcourse if the partner is capable to build a strong carrer, much stronger than the family, then yes.

    People also would say that only when both parttners earn can there be a comfortable living. But then wants are never ending. One looks for more and more comforts and as a result, the psychologcal comfort of the Family life is completely lost.

    It should not become a “YEARNING FAMILY”.

    Regards,
    SERVICE TO ALL

  6. lkjhgf says:

    In todays world there are very rare people who believe in the concept of the joint family. The childrens also seperate the parents coz they cant afford both at a time, we can see the scenario in Film “Baghbaan”.

    The virtue lies in the struggle, not the prize.
    -lkjhgf

  7. lkjhgf says:

    Not everyone prefer to have an earning life partner , also the earning should be such that it doesnot affect the family at all.

    The virtue lies in the struggle, not the prize.
    -lkjhgf

  8. Service_to_all says:

    Hello,

    Do you mean to say one cannot take care of the parents because of affordability is ? That is fantastic. Worth emulating!!!

    Regards,
    SERVICE TO ALL

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