Why every woman should cast her vote?
What do you understand by the term women’s political participation? It seems like from all these years we have been misconceived the concept of ‘participation’. It not only includes the ‘right to vote’ but has a very wide meaning. Decision-making process, taking parts in political activities, political consciousness, etc are all parts of voting.
Let’s begin from the very beginning, i.e. from the time when India was ruled by Britishers. At that time neither men nor women of larger percentage were allowed to vote but it was after the independence of India that began the suffrage. Madras was the first to allow women to cast their votes in the year 1921, with many restrictions based on many grounds.
As Abigail Adams, wife of the second president and mother of the sixth president of U.S., wrote to her husband, “If particular care and attention are not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion.” It seems like Indian women are echoing her and are ready for the moment as a large number of women were active with the last year’s #MeToo movement and Sabarimala protests.
Let us focus on the main points, behind the problem.
As we all know there has been much inequality in the case of providing education to men and women. According to the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), in the year 2011-12, 70% of the girl aged 15 to 18 were attending the school which is, 5% less than boys. Girls have been outperforming boys in studies as it can be clearly noticed by the percentages of the class 12 CBSE board examinations of the year 2018 where 88.31% of girls passed compared to 78.99% boys. A woman can bring a great future with their will power to achieve their goal unless they’ll get support from others.
Labour markets and social norms constrain women from getting employed in spite of the fact of rising education and aspiration.
Getting employed was never a simple task for women. Those with primary education get involved in farming or other household works whereas talking about men they are easily hired as a driver, mechanics, sales representatives, postmen, and appliance repairmen. Women failed in getting hired at these posts due to reason like unsafe environments. If women are educated enough then they were available with the options of qualifying as a nurse or a teacher or they search for office work.
How Political Parties looks down to Women
It doesn’t feel like politicians will regard women as an important aspect of building the new nation. There is still the time when they will figure out that women are much more than the extensions to their husband and fathers and start focusing on the creation of economic and social opportunities.
As the election period is approaching let us not forget the victory of Democrats in 2018 House of Representatives election in the U.S. According to the reports 59% of the women cast votes as compared to men that were just 40%.
Let us bring the fact of the necessity of women’s vote into the limelight
Ever heard from any politicians or respected men of our country that women are free to do what they want? No! The laws made by the government of the country have to be abided by every citizen irrespective of their gender, so why not give the right to vote to women if they obey the rules and pay taxes.
According to the Report of Commissioner of Education, there have been almost twice or even three times increase in the girls graduating from high schools as compared to boys.
According to Professor Edward H. Griggs, “The ballot is an educator, and women will become more practical and wiser in using it.” It is found out that when women will practice the things in real life will give them the experience of learning and make them more broadminded.
As Mother Mary said, ‘women in time to come will do great things.’ She said this, ages ago and now the point is, the time has come and women are undoubtedly doing great work. The only thing missing from the whole scenario is the support and motivation they should get from each possible way. Let us all pledge to be there with one another and support other women so that they can showcase their talents which have been hidden from years.