In India women are exploited at every level in society. They are considered weak and as a result inferior in their status to men. Every woman in India has been under some form of physical or mental abuse. Their contribution in society is only acknowledged at the level of procreation and serving their family. Education for women is not seen as a priority. While, in many parts of India girl child education is allowed for, however, even today it is not seen as a priority for women.
Having a career is not considered are priority for women:
While, many families especially in urban parts of India allow for equal education and career opportunities for women, there is still a long way to go. Most of the country still believes the household to be the priority for women. Their careers are thought of either as a mere hobby to fill up their day or as secondary to their family. For the Indian women, family always comes first. Personal growth and intellectual grooming is either frowned upon or not allowed at all in many parts of the country.
Marriage seen as the first and sometimes only priority for women:
Higher education ends up remaining a dream for many girls. The main aim for most families is to marry of their girls to stable households. After getting married, pursuing further education for women is possible only with the blessing of their husband or in-laws. The purpose of seeking an education becomes futile for a woman because her top priority is marriage and having kids. It is because of this false sense of priority that most women in the country do not even wish to make a successful career. A successful career is a symptom of an unhappy household by orthodox members of society. A woman trying to make a life for herself is seen as selfish. Ambition is a quality which most parents try to quell in their girls.
Part time jobs are considered ideal for women:
Especially in middle class and lower middle class families a full time job is frowned upon. An ambitious woman is seen as one who is negligent towards her family. Therefore, the options given to women for further education are very limited. While the law of India gives women the right to pursue education in any field that they want, however, that is not the case in reality. Most families force their daughters towards more conservative options. Becoming a teacher is considered an ideal profession for women. Therefore, professions which ask for a part time commitment are seen as the best. Very few women in India are given the opportunities to work towards a full time successful career.
These conditions are very detrimental to society as a whole. Women have to face gender bias at every level in their lives. Most women in this country have to fight to attain higher education. This is a travesty which needs to be dealt with. While things are changing slowly, there is still a very long way to go. Families need to understand the principle of equality and provide all educational opportunities to women. There is a strong need to reach the public and educate them about the importance as well as the benefits of women's education.