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The right to vote taken for granted today has a long history of struggle and sacrifice by women suffragettes idea of equality.
Women’s suffrage i.e. our right to vote is civil liberty; one which we sometimes take for granted. For many women around the world, the fundamental right to vote is a recent luxury; the women in Saudi Arabia won the right to vote in 2015.
The 26th of August commemorates the historic event of 1920; the 19th constitutional amendment when Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation that gave US women the constitutional right to vote. This grave change was an acclamation of all those peaceful non-violent aggregates of women which began in 1878. Henceforth, since 1971, August 26th has been celebrated as the Women’s Equality Day.
In India, the women were enfranchised in 1921 under the British Rule in the city of Madras for the first time. However, it’s only after independence that the universal suffrage was enforced by the constitution.
In the year 1917, the Women’s Indian Association (WIA) was set up in Adyar, Madras under the shadow of prominent social and political activists such as Annie Besant, Margaret Cousins, Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Muthulakshmi Reddy, Herabai Tata, Dorothy Jeenarajadasa and others. this was a multi-ethnic group of women with aims to abolish customs like early marriage, forced widowhood and to promote, uplift women’s education.
During the same year, the WIA had put forth a request to the then touring Montagu-Chelmsford Commission for women’s suffrage. However, they were rejected with the notion that the Indian scenario was not developed enough. The Indian Women did not attain the right to vote in the 1910’s.
In the 1920’s members of the WIA contributed to the ‘National Convention’ for framing of the Commonwealth of India Bill 1925. The Bill was comprehensive, represented the Indian soul and demanded the fundamental right of no discrimination based on sex. Unfortunately, the Bill did not progress. But it had a tremendous impact on the framing process of the final draft of the Indian constitution.
Thereby, in 1950, universal suffrage ensured women of all status could cast votes and contest in elections. The Indian woman had finally crossed a milestone; a gigantic step towards gender equality. India became the first large democracy to adopt universal adult suffrage from its very inception.
The year 2020 marks the centennial of this epic breakthrough towards gender equality.…
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Beauty is a very clever, very evil capitalist tool. It traps those who have it into hanging on to it for dear life and those who don't into mutilating, torturing themselves to achieve the unachievable.
I recently wrote a piece about MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet in which he had shared a pic with six women parliamentarians tagging them and saying “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”
There was a rash of comments on the post shared on Instagram, which ranged from “chill, it’s just a compliment” and “stop overthinking compliments”, to (worried) men lamenting about “these feminazi”.
Here’s my answer to all those comments.
Every feminist should travel these 5 European countries to witness the rise of feminism and to draw inspiration from them.
Every feminist should travel to these 5 European countries to witness the rise of feminism and to draw inspiration.
What is feminism? If you go according to popular sentiments in India, feminism especially to men (some if not everyone) means ‘the Bra Burning Women’. However, the reality is far from what these men believe. Feminism is all about giving equal opportunities; it’s about shunning the stereotypical gender bias and providing equal opportunities to all, irrespective of the gender. So now comes the question; when did modern day feminism begin?
Feminism started in the 18th century. This period is also called the ‘Age of Enlightenment’. It was a period when the general idea that floated in the society was that every human being has the ability to reason and apply logic. Hence, all should enjoy equal rights. Availability of opportunities should not be restricted and gender biased. This idea gave rise to a movement which was called liberal feminism or equal-rights feminism.
For the sake of women's rights everywhere, it's time to speak up against men taking decisions about women's bodies. It is Alabama and abortion today. It is all of our rights tomorrow. Our silence can be fatal.
For the sake of women’s rights everywhere, it’s time to speak up against men taking decisions about women’s bodies. It is Alabama and abortion today. It is all of our rights tomorrow. Our silence can be fatal.
Last week in the US, 25 all white male senators voted to advance the most restrictive abortion ban in the country and the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, a woman, signed it into law. If enacted, the law would permit abortions only if the mother’s life is at risk or if the fetus cannot survive, but does not permit abortions in cases of rape or incest.
Earlier this month, the bill had been passed in the Alabama House. All except for two of the 76 Republican male lawmakers voted in favour of the bill. What is shocking is that the Bill’s sponsor in the House is a woman, Republican state representative Terri Collins. What is even more shocking is that she cautioned that she would kill the bill if it included any exceptions for rape and incest. Along with six other Republican women in the House, Terri Collins voted to pass the bill. Nearly all Democratic House members decided not to vote and walked out of the House in protest.