Status of Women as an Indicator of Gender Disparity
Assistant Professor, P.G. and Research Centre in Education,
B.L.D.E.A’s J.S.S. College of Education, Vijayapur, India
Women are part of our socio economic systems. They uphold our rich cultural and traditional values. As a result of the efforts to integrate women in development process to achieve sustainable level of socio-economic development, the concept of Gender and Development came into existence. Women were perceived in terms of their “Sex” their biological differences from men rather than in terms of their “gender” the social relationships between men and women who play different roles in society. This paper examines how the status of women can become an important indicator of gender disparity. Despite increased attention to the concept of female status in the present times, the meaning of this concept has remained unclear. Among the terms used in the social demographic literature are not only “Status of Women” but others include “Rigidity of the sex stratification system”, “women’s Rights” “Men’s Situational Advantage”—etc All these terms refer, in part to some aspect terms refer, in part to some aspect of gender inequality. For example implicit in most definitions of the status of women is a comparison with the status of men. A women’s status indicates the esteem in which she is held by different individuals and groups who come in contact with her. Most definition of status of women refer to three basic different individuals and groups who come in control with her most definitions of status of women refer to three basic dimensions of gender inequality, namely, in prestige, power and access to or control over resources.