The subject of empowerment of women has becoming a burning issue all over the world including India since last few decades. It is held that women now cannot be asked to wait for any more for equality .Inequalities between men and women and discrimination against women have also been age-old issues all over the world. Thus, women’s quest for equality with man is a universal phenomenon. What exists for men is demanded by women as well.
They have demanded equality with men in matters of education, employment, inheritance, marriage, politics and recently in the field of religion. Women want to have for themselves the same strategies of change which men have had over the centuries such as equal pay for equal work. Their quest for equality has given birth to the formation of many women’s associations and launching of movements.
The position and status of women all over the world has risen incredibly. We find that it has been very low earlier in India and elsewhere when they were treated like ‘objects’ that can be bought and sold. For a long time women in India remained within the four walls of their household. They were totally dependent on men.
A long struggle has brought women the property rights, voting rights, an equality in civil rights before the law in matters of marriage and employment (in India women had not to struggle for voting rights)
HENCE, in spite of such drawbacks and hurdles that still prevail, Indian women are no longer hesitant or apologetic about claiming a share and visibility within the family, at work, in public places, and in the public discourse.