Here are the illuminating examples…
And they are all Indian women who have reached out and achieved excellence in India.
It’s a given now that women are part of the workforce. In some industries they are in fact almost equal in number, if not more, to their male counterparts when they start out. But when it comes to rising up the corporate ladder or getting on top of a business, there are very few who make the grade.
Here is a list of powerful women by the Financial express (Click here)
Who is the President of India?
Mrs. Pratibha Patil
Who is the Speaker of Lok sabha?
Who is the leader of the opposition?
Now to the states from the National level politics. Not that they are limited to here but these women listed below wield more power than you can imagine.
Is India now living on woman power? The most powerful Indian is a woman – Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress party. India’s President is a woman. The speaker of the parliament and the leader of the opposition are women.
Mayawati, a Dalit (untouchable) woman rules India’s most populous and politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. The urbane Sheila Dikshit rules the capital, Delhi. And last week, Mamata Banerjee created history by overthrowing a over three-decade long Communist government in Bengal to take charge of the state. Together, these three formidable women rule directly over a third of India’s people (Source: BBC NEWS)
So Who are these women Chief Ministers ? Is it such a huge change or is it another hype that is being made out for and by the media?!
In the 15th Lok Sabha constituted in 2009, only 59 women MPs were elected, amounting to 10.90 % representation , a legislation should have brought 183 MPs , i.e 33% women to Lok Sabha.
Says truth drive an online mag.
Historian Ramachandra Guha says the rise of women in powerful political roles does not mark a “new age” of gender equality. The reasons for their rise, he says, may be personal (their courage and drive) or historical (the impact of a generations of reformers) or political (universal adult franchise). Whatever the reason is and whatever its consequences, he says, the phenomenon is noteworthy.
“To suggest that women in power will be less corrupt is fatuous, and contrary to all prevalent evidence,” says journalist-writer MJ Akbar.
What ever eminent media luminaries want us to believe, these women have fought and fought hard to attain this place that they now are holding. And its also a fact that attaining a place is different from staying there relevant. In a world that is F1 racing as if to reach somewhere in a hurry, everybody is in a hurry lets see lets wait if they can stay so….
In spite of every party’s stated goal of 33 per cent representation/reservation for women, the total number of women members of legislative assembly in the five new assemblies has gone down from 80 in 2006 to 72 (that is 9 per cent of all MLAs) in 2011, which is even below the total percentage of women members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha (11 per cent). Out of the 824 newly-elected MLAs, only 72 (9 per cent) women MLAs are in the five new assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal. Overall, the total number of women MLAs in these five Assemblies has reduced from 80 in 2006 to 72 in 2011. (Source: Rediff)
Sheela Deekshit (Chief Minister of Delhi the capital)
MAYAWATHI (Chief Minister of UTTAR PRADESH India’s largest State)
Jayalalita (Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu)
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