Is India on the cusp of a gender revolution? -Rahul Verma and Ankita Barthwal
Across big cities and small towns, women have similar personal and professional aspirations as men, a recent survey suggests. Women also seem to have more social ties outside their own communities than men
India presents a complex gender paradox to most observers. Women are enrolling in schools and colleges in higher numbers but there aren’t enough of them in workplaces. Women are voting in greater numbers than ever before but there aren’t enough of them in our legislative assemblies and in parliament.
How does one understand these contradictory developments? And what does the future portend for young women in India?
The YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey conducted earlier this year, offers a ray of hope at the end of the tunnel. Our analysis of the dataset suggests that a section of young, educated women seem to be driving change as they reimagine their position in the society.
Across five domains that restrict women’s mobility - marriage, parenting, professional space, friendship, and politics - the first signs of a challenge to the status quo are now visible. While the reach of this dataset may be limited to those with an internet connection, the prevalence of these attitudes even in smaller towns suggests that this is not merely a big-city phenomenon. The online survey covered 10,005 respondents across 184 towns and cities.
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Livemint.com, 20 July, 2020, https://www.livemint.com/news/india/is-india-on-the-cusp-of-a-gender-revolution-11595230536214.html