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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: Economic Status of Women

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The economic well-being of women is often used as an indicator of the overall advancement of a society. The better women fare relative to men, the argument goes, the better the overall society is at creating equal opportunities and benefits for its entire people.

Women have always played important roles in matrilineal societies around the world. Traditionally in these cultures, women are the keepers of the family and serve as the all-important conduits through which cultures are shaped. In more recent times, we’ve seen a surge in the formation of women’s groups and more women are taking up key government positions. Women increasingly influence politics and development. But are these recent events indicative of an underlying improvement in the economic status of women? Are women really improving their stations in life, relative to men? More specifically, are they becoming more educated, taking up more jobs and earning better wages?

This discussion starts with general hisurestorical activities and earning power of women, their progression to professions and the modern movements to equality of wages based on the idea of "same pay for same work" and eliminating gender as an economic consideration. Policies, programs, ways and means to achieve and various degrees of success in different societies will be discussed within the context of globalization. Global benchmarks set by those countries in Africa, Europe, the New World, and Asia who have achieved or close to achieving gender equality in the market place will be highlighted as goal posts for those countries that have not yet done so.


Host: Dr. Surendra Kaushik