Women in society are as important as men. In fact, both men and women make it possible for society to exist and progress.
The position of women in our society is, on the whole, not very satisfactory. Most of our women living in the villages are uneducated and uncultured like the village men. They do not have many of the rights that men enjoy in village society. Very few women enjoy independent positions as owners of land or property, They depend on their husbands or other men looking after their families. Women in the villages cannot often marry as they like.
Women in the cities are in a somewhat better position. Some of them can, of course, get educated and can marry after their choice. But women in poor families like those of labourers or wage earners. live like village women. Most of them work hard in their small, dirty houses, serve their husbands and take care of their children and live in quite a helpless condition.
Married women mostly depend on their husbands in all important matters of life. If they try to have their will in these, their husbands generally oppose them and there are quarrels and disputes. These disputes sometimes end in divorce.
In advanced countries like Japan, France, Britain, Germany and America women enjoy a very respectable position. They are treated as equal with men in almost every field of life. They can freely receive education like men. In the villages there women awn and control their properties and lands even independent of their husbands or the male members of their families. In the cities, women can work in most professions side by side with men. They can have their will in some important matters of life like buying or selling houses, deciding about the careers of their children, etc.
We should give enough chances to our women to work in different fields of life. Village women should find it easy to work on village farms with men. Chances should be given to village women to come to cities to study or to learn practical skills of doing agricultural or industrial work.
They should be free to marry as they like. There should be more scope for our women to work in some professions like teaching, social welfare and medicine. Here women can work in as good a way as men. Some special professions for women like nursing can be reformed a great deal.
Yet it is necessary for our women to take special care of their homes, husbands and children. The first duty of every woman is to look after her family.
We should give the right place to our woman in society. Only then can we make proper progress as a nation.