Education of Indian Women
††††††††††† In the society of the United States today we take our education for granted.† Not everybody in every country has the same opportunities that we have, but sometimes we forget that.† Take for example, the amount of education people in the country of India obtain, especially the women. Overall they receive a poor quality education, if any education at all, if they receive an education they do not seem to have a strong need for it, and tradition seems to play a large role in their education.† This information was learned through an in-class discussion with guests and on the internet.
††††††††††† Indian women, in general, receive very little education, and the women that do receive it are not given the opportunity to put their knowledge to good use.† As of the year 2001, the literacy rate for women there was a mere 54% this compared with the literacy rate of men, which was 75%.† The literacy rate has been climbing very rapidly over the years though.† While in 1971 only 22% of Indian women were literate, compared the rate taken during the 2001 census, this is a big difference. (indiaedu.com) †This statistic illustrates a rather impressive leap in the education of the population.† While this is progress, there is still plenty of room for even more improvement, especially when a little under half of the female population is still unable to read.
††††††††††† The largest problem for women and education is their seeming no real need for it.† This is shown through examples of the women that are the most educated.† There are some women in India that go to university, but as stated before, there is no real need for this education the majority of the time.† Most women in India, after they are married, become housewives and their acquired education is no longer a necessity.† Itís almost unbelievable that they or their families spend the amount of money that is needed for a college education and then not apply the education to a career. †It is especially interesting when the dowry is also a factor.† Usually when a woman gets married the man receives a dowry; the womanís family could give a larger dowry if they do not send their daughter to university.† With this in mind, why have the daughter sent to university to receive a higher education when they could get her a richer husband with the money saved?† One possible conclusion of this is the value of education.† Society values education much more than the literacy rate or any statistics can really show.
If families and society do value education in India then why not allow the women to put their knowledge and education to use?† Why have the women work as housewives once they are married?† The answer is simple Ė tradition.† After all, the women are trained in housekeeping ways from the time they are little girls until they get married and move out.† This is not an unusual practice across many cultures; many parents in the United States give their children chores and responsibilities around the house that will ultimately prepare them for having a house of their own one day. †Tradition plays a very large role in the way Indian women behave.† Women, especially in the rural areas of India, follow all the traditions and even wear the traditional clothes.† This is also where education is less likely to be as effective.† However, tradition does not play as much of a vital role in the larger cities.† In the cities women have a bit more equal role in society.† Many women join the workforce and most of the women receive some level of education.
Tradition is a very large part of Indian culture. †This is especially true for the women; however, tradition should not hinder an education.† Although women are gradually making a place for themselves in the workforce, there are many more women who do not work and do not use their education. ††They should have an opportunity to receive an education and put the knowledge they gain from it to use.