The Changing Status of Women in India - the Challenges Ahead

21 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2006

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Ishita Mukherjee

Independent Author

Suvarna Sen

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Date Written: 2006


This article attempts to provide a contemporary overview of gender and development concerns in India. It throws light on the various aspects of gender related issues by examining the trends in women's employment, wages, literacy and school enrollment. This is followed by an analysis of the trends in women's health and participation in political decision making process. In India, the challenges faced by women in dealing with issues relating to their deprivation, are manifold. Although the process of women's empowerment has been successful to a certain extent, gender-related socioeconomic biases are still existing. These can addressed by properly identifying the areas of concern and implementing suitable policies, which this article attempts to focus on.

Keywords: Formal Sector, Informal Sector, Female work participation, Total Literacy Campaigns, National Policy on Education

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Mukherjee, Ishita and Sen, Suvarna, The Changing Status of Women in India - the Challenges Ahead (2006). Available at SSRN: or

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