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Housewife or Breadwinner?





                           Should Indian women accept more modern roles or stay in their traditional roles?

By: Grace O. and Tahira A. A3


                                                                                                      Cultural Women in India.


The history of women in India is a broad topic because women in India have gone through many changes. During the medieval period, women were treated very harshly and they were also not treated equally with men. They were the ones who always did the house work, who cleaned, kept the kids, and cooked. Women in India were the ones who used to help their husbands work in the farmland. But women were not allowed to work. they were not allowed to go out and work to make some money because that was the job of the man. Women could not get married after they were widowed and if this did happen, these women would be looked down upon greatly. as time went by though, many women and men who were great leaders in the history of India fought for the right of women so that they would have an equal status as the men. Not only that, women are allowed to compete in sports and are fighting for their safety on the streets. This was a great step forward into modernizing India. In the modern India, women work and gain education. there have also been female presidents and prime ministers as the years have passed. The history of Indian women has gone along a far way. We were interested in this topic because we wanted to know more about the traditional roles of women in India and the conflict between women who want their roles to be changed and the parts of Indian society who want women to stay in their traditional place.                         







                                                                                                                       Indian Doctor (Modern)


There are many things that women have done in India to bring themselves up

and to allow thm to have the same rights as the men and stand at the same level. One of the major things is sports. Participating in sports and competing in other activities has brought the self esteem of women up and has allowed women to work harder and feel like they are important. There is now a women's track team in India and women who are part of this feel like they can stand for something and aren't just left a home cooking and cleaning.  











Sania Mirzam, a female tennis player is a prime example

of how women in India are becoming more active in




                                                                                                                                                                            Indian women's track team.


There are many women in India who play sports and are  very good at it. One boxing champion who used to train girls how to box said that people in India who knew her called her crazy but she never took their criticism and worked on to what she thought was right for the country. Another woman says that women's sports and sportsmanship were secondary for many people and nobody took women's sports seriously. But now people are actually having a feel for women's sports.                         



Here is a video about how girls are trying to get education in India, enjoy!





Spongebob and Patrick are discussing the current issues of India, the role of women comes up and this is the discussion that follows...


Spongebob: What about these women in India? They're doing something amazing by standing up for their rights, this is great for the world and for India.

Patrick: Are you sure? Shouldn't the women value tradition? This could cause some problems that these Indian women are going against their culture.

Spongebob: Well, the rest of the world is moving tward modernization, India should follow in all aspects, including more rights for women.

Partick: I agree with you there, but the traditional roles of women have been around for centuries, wouldn't it show a little disrespect for the Indian tradion with a sudden change in the way of life?

Spongebob: Indian women have the freedom to exercise their rights, if they feel that they have been treated unfairly, they should be able to adress it and make it better!

Partick: Well, there are some people who are against women adopting less traditional roles. Some women might get hurt because of that. So, is it right for women to endanger themselves?

Spongebob: Indian women should want more rights, who's to say that they shouldn't. Is it really right that women should be attacked for wanting equal rights?

Patrick: Indian women are taking a huge risk, that might not pay off, so, is it really worth all the struggle?

Spongebob: YES IT IS! Everyone has rights, and women do too.

Patrick: Okay, but should some Indian women be speaking for all of Indian women? Some women might not want to adopt modern roles.

Spongebob: But the women who want more modern roles are being more outspoken. Anyway, my brain is hurting from all the thinking. Wanna go jellyfishing?

Patrick: Sure, let's go buddy!






Works Cited:



Picture of Sania Mirza: http://www.sania-mirza.info/

Indian Woman doctor: http://www.visualphotos.com/image/

Indian women’s  track team: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/athletics/article827217.ece




1. Roy, Nilanjana S. "Ambitions Meet Reality in India - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 14 Dec. 2010. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/15/world/asia/15iht-letter15.html?ref=thefemalefactor>.


2. Roy, Nilanjana S. "Fighting For Safe Passage On Indian Streets." Ney York Times (3 Aug. 2010). The New York Times. Web. 10 May 2010. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/04/world/asia/04iht-letter.html?ref=thefemalefactor>.


 3. Roy, Nilanjana S. "In Sports, a Boost for Rural Indian Women." NYT (16 Nov. 2010). Http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/world/asia/17iht-letter.html?ref=thefemalefactor. The New York Times - Asia Pacific. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/world/asia/17iht-letter.html?ref=thefemalefactor>.









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