Role of women in socio-economic growth of the country

Role of women in socio-economic growth of the country

India has experienced rapid growth and development in the past years in many spheres. Gender equity is not one of them. This is deplorable considering the important role played by women in the socio-economic growth of the country.

The Indian development model has yet to fully incorporate the important role played by women for propelling the socio-economic growth of the country. Current governments at state and central level must understand that no nation can progress unless its women are given equal access to opportunities and adequate safety and security.


• Across the globe, educating women and giving them the ability to stand on their own feet has been a priority. In India, social evils and a rising rape rate are confronting women in urban and rural areas, regardless of which political party is at the helm. Women are not being given a chance to become stronger in the political sector.

The Women’s Reservation Bill of 2013 is being vociferously opposed on the grounds that it will deny opportunities to persons of other groups. When it comes to legislations which aim to reduce gender inequity, India has a long way to go.

• Ancient India was a centre of learning and noted women scholars during that time contributed to the advancement of society. Women icons in India’s rural areas are few and far in between. While most are aware of the high profile lady entrepreneurs and corporate heads in urban India, women in rural areas continue to face exploitation. If women are allowed to gain access to education, they can make a huge impact in enhancing the productivity of the economy.

Noted rural entrepreneurs such as Jashwantiben Popat who pioneered Lijjat papad are proof of the strong capabilities of Indian women to mould positive social change in India. From 7 women working in one building to over 43,000 lady workers, Lijjat papad is a corporate initiative that is fuelling the economy.

• Empowered Indian women can also pioneer self help groups and initiatives for creating positive social change in rural or underdeveloped areas. There are notable examples of women self help groups in India which have generated employment and income for many families in villages and small towns.

• Women can also contribute to the social welfare of the country. Noted lady activists have championed the cause of gender justice and equity. They are shining examples of what India can accomplish if lady leaders are at the helm. Women-friendly policies and laws will be framed as a result of this. This can change the way the world looks at India.

• Stalwart women leaders such as Vijalakshmi Pandit and Sarojini Naidu played a key role in the Indian freedom movement.

Now, women such as Ela Bhatt who founded SEWA are empowering women to gain freedom from poverty and unemployment. Women entrepreneurs are also benefiting from some of the well-implemented governmental programs at central and state level.

They can contribute significantly to the growth the development of India in multifaceted ways.

Indian women play an important role in initiating socio-economic progress of the country. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Women should be empowered so that they can lead India to glory.

Our women entrepreneurs, social welfare workers, scientists, politicians and economists are leading the way for a brighter future. Women in urban and rural areas should be given access to good opportunities so that they can bring about positive social change and contribute to the growth of the country.

Women play a crucial role in initiating the advancement and growth of any society, in nations across the world. India is no exception to this rule.
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  • RE: Role of women in socio-economic growth of the country -Deepa Kaushik (05/05/14)
  • Women play an important role in the socio-economic development of the country. Women of the present day has extended her foot in every sphere and excelled through the same. She has broken the boundaries restricted to the house-hold work and has flourished throughout the world with flying colours.

    Though, education plays a major role in the development of the individual, but even the illiterate women with good intellect shows good attitude towards practical life. From house-hold work to agriculture, a woman has added to the productivity of the country without her literacy. Nevertheless, a literate woman has added much more to the economic development of the country by working at various field viz. business, finance, management, technology, medicine, handicraft works, small scale industries etc.

    The net productivity of the women is definitely much more than the men, as they manage both the home and outside work in a well-balanced way. With respect to the revenue generation of the country, encouragement of women definitely has helped with new innovative ideas for the implementation in various spheres of life, giving a better proposal at the international market.

    Hence, a women encouraged country is definitely a more developed one. And India still needs to go a long way in this path.
  • Role of women in socio-economic growth of the country -Lubna Lakdwala (04/02/14)
  • Role of women in Socio economic growth of country

    Social and economic scenario of India has undergone a huge change, and so has the status of women. The women of today have made significant contributions in several fields. They have broken the prejudice that women are a homemaker and that they cannot compete with men.

    Along with being homemakers, women have also become great achievers in the outside world.

    Women have made their presence felt in all fields be it Business, Education, Fashion, Entertainment, Finance, Information Technology. Earlier it was said that if a woman is working she is just fit to do administrative or lower management jobs. But women have proved them wrong and they have been successful leaders and mentors. The sharp mind and sympathetic nature of women has helped them achieve success in the business world. They successfully overcome any challenge posed their way.

    Some examples of women who have made notable contribution to the economy are Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - the founder and head of Biocon, one of the leading organizations in the field of Biotechnology in India. Naina Lal Kidwai the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, India (HSBC), Chandra Kochar is the MD of ICICI banks India. These women have created history in the business world of India not only because of their personal achievement, but also because of their initiative to boost India’s corporate performance.

    These are the example of women who had the opportunity and the education to become successful, but there another side to this also. Though women have made successful contributions in the business world, the bias against them still exists they still have to work double hard for their performances to get noticed in the society. People are still prejudiced to give women important roles in business.

    Women of rural India in spite of not having proper facilities and education still engage themselves various actives such as agriculture handicrafts, weaving etc and gain additional income. The agriculture and handicrafts also contribute to the national economy.

    Women have been contributing to all field of society in some way or the other whether it is urban or rural, women play an active part toward contributing to the social economic growth of the country. Women despite the lack of education and facing many problems have been engaging in various domestic and community services.

    The contribution of women has always been omnipresent. I every field they have made notable contributions towards the growth of the Indian economy. The active participation of women has led to the betterment of the Indian society.