CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. Challenges Facing women’s equality in the 21st century. 3. Women’s position in India. 4. Politics and administration of women in India. 5. Women as Journalists: The challenging profession. 6. Economic empowerment of women in Panchayat. 7. Development of women through five year plans. 8. Chronic Hunger and the status of women in India. 9. Indian democracy and women’s human rights. 10. Advancing the status of women. 11. Globalization and women’s contributions to poverty reduction.
The status of Indian women has undergone change with more and more women, particularly in urban India, becoming economically independent. This has made them more mobile in various occupations. But the question of gender equality is still the main concern in India as majority of the rural Indian women remain uneducated or less educated and also economically dependent on their male family members. The issue of the status of women in society has been a mater of intense scrutiny and debate all over the world. This is equally true of India, an essentially patriarchal society, where the goal of equality between men and women is actually guaranteed by the country’s constitution. Despite this, there remains a great deal to be done to secure women’s equal status in Indian society, especially when it comes to deprived or neglected groups. The book will prove an informative and most useful asset for students, scholars and teachers in the field of economics, sociology and women studies.