Women Labour

To understand what labour market has for any female worker one may not have to move far and wide. Just looking around will give you a fair idea how biased the attitude is towards women colleagues. Any appraisal of women’s economic roles and opportunities for participation in economic activities cannot be done in isolation of the society’s state of development, the socio-cultural attitudes towards women's role in the family and in society and the social ideology concerning the basic components of her status.

Socio-economic advancement of a country can be rightly judged by the status and position, which it can bestow on its women. So the levels of economic equality and independence are the real markers to measure the status of women in any society.

In many respects, the general economic situation is far from satisfactory, the condition of women is worse than that of men. There is no doubt that, over the years there has been a sea of changes in social perception of issues that relate to women in rural areas. They remain the most deprived and long neglected segment of the society, despite a constitutional guarantee for equal rights and privileges for men and women.

Their contribution to the economic growth of the society is quite substantial although it is a fact that the labour put in by women in discharging the economic and domestic duties hardly gets its due recognition.

Women are considered as secondary citizens with no independence of any sort. Since centuries, known and unknown women were the targets of social exploitation and subordination, women work for as many hours as men do, if not more; yet their labour is counted as mere “shadow work” giving them neither the due credit nor equal pay for the work done. 

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