Women in India: Lack of Space, Lack of Opportunity

Over the past few decades India has seen rapid economic development, but has failed to complement this growth with adequate human development. As a historically marginalized population, women have borne the brunt of this shortfall. The oppression of women in Indian society is the result of deeply ingrained gender roles: men are seen as the…

Women In Power

It is well known that financial support given to a woman is used to support the community and the entire family while money given to a man is often spent for their own desires. We see this same correlation with women in power; their positions and actions have a wider impact on their constituents than…

Changing the Labor Norms in India

Tradition and cultural norms run extremely deep in India as in many other countries around the world. This is due to a variety of reasons, but in India it mainly stems from religion and societal pressures/expectations. While at the Study Hall Educational Foundation in Lucknow, a co-educational secondary school, a 15-year-old student said, “If you…

A Gender Gone Missing

India hosts the second largest population in the world with approximately 1.3 billion people, and is predicted to surpass China within this decade. However, when traveling through the streets of India, it becomes apparent that the female gender is underrepresented within both rural and urban communities.

The First Step

“To become human is to become more critically aware of our world and gain more control over it”                                                                                                                                                                                                 …

Women: India’s Working Class Heroes

The informal sector of India’s economy makes up the majority of jobs throughout the country. Street vendors, construction workers, taxi drivers, and others proudly make money to support their families. They also play a role in increasing India’s very small middle class, alleviating its large amount of poverty and getting politicians elected. Even the popularity…

Bare Feet, Gifted Hands

  The power of women’s work India has been experiencing a rapid economic growth over the past decade. As a result there has been a reduction of poverty since 1980. However, according to recent studies by the International Labor Office, this growth has not had a significant impact in the unemployment rates or gender inequality…