Women in social relevance
By Dr.Neelima Mandava
The modern era women have entered all kinds of fields like education, employment, politics, administration etc, and this has brought them empowerment. The right to become educated has been long sought after by women. The history of women’s education parallels and beginning of feminism. Women have made strides toward receiving equal education, but there is still much work to be done. This revolution is far from over. Material gains have been made, but the inequality of expectations and results of education for men and women still remains. Education has been the stumbling block keeping women from attaining equal status in society, separating them from their male counterparts. It has also been the door to this elusive dream of equality. Higher education is the foundation of the empowered women of today. The struggle for women’s education has been an uphill battle that has not yet reached its citadel. This journey took root in the Victorian period and branched even to modern times. During the mid-eighteen hundreds women were expected to live up to a feminine ideal. This ideology required women to be “pure, pious, domestic and submissive”.
Education for women was thought to disrupt the social balance of the time. On the contrary, the earliest push for Victorian women to become educated was because they were mothers of men and eventually teachers of men. It was not until the twentieth century that women began to desire knowledge for themselves as individuals. Women achieve the status they enjoy today.