Women Empowerment in India


  Though this project I have attempted to understand the status women. I have tried to study the importance of women empowerment. The project includes what has been done and what should be done for the empowerment and upliftment of women.


 The Constitution of the Republic of India ensures equality for women and men in every sphere of life and activity.   The fundamental rights of the Indian Constitution specifically mentions: "The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them".   Women in India have been given equality of opportunity in all matters relating to education, employment, and legal status, and they can   aspire to grace the highest office of the State.   However, this is truly not indicative of the existing position of women in general in the country, as yet.   Though, legally and constitutionally, all women have equal access to and right to venture in every walk of life, a vast majority of them are still illiterate and uneducated. This is a paradoxical situation, which must be understood and seen in its historical perspective. The status of women and their activities can be divided into three main historical periods, the ancient, the medieval and the modern.
Ancient period
 From the available documentation, it is revealed that women enjoyed a fair amount of freedom and equality with men in the fields of education and religion during the Vedic period.   According to A.S. Altekar, in his well known book "Position of Women in Hindu Civilisation", wrote that in the Vedic period, women from higher sections of society were given equal rights in the field of religion, and they attained distinction in the realm of theological studies and philosophy.   Distinguished women such as Gargi and Maitrayee are well known names of this period, who excelled as scholars in their own right.   During the ancient period,...