Is Education alone Enough for women's empowerment?

In the last few years, we have seen considerable improvement in women's education in India. More and more women are coming out of their houses and are opting for education in India. That is why we are seeing many women in top positions in India. Women have overall seen considerable improvement in all areas. Today we see women in education, in Government, in teaching, in research and in forces. Today they are the CEOs of top companies. 

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They are running successful businesses. However, here arises a question, have these empowerments of women resulted in any improvement in women's real life. The answer is no because women are still under a lot of discrimination in India, whether they are educated or not. Let’s give you an example by sharing the true story of Mrs. Rana a lecturer in college and Ramawati (both changed names). Mrs. Rana is highly educated and she earns handsome money. 

Her salary is more than her husband, whereas Ramawati is an uneducated woman and earns a small amount of money by selling vegetables. Her husband sells fish and earns equally with her. Mrs. Rana even after being highly educated and earning handsome money does not have any key role in the major home decisions. Her advice was never sought after by anybody. All the decisions are taken by her husband alone, whether buying a TV, Washing machine or Microwave. 

She is only a spectator. Even she has no control over her salary. She has to ask her husband for money. Not only the matters related to money but also the major matters like children's education or buying a home, are taken by her husband alone. She was only reduced to a puppet. Do you expect this type of situation of highly educated woman? But this is true with many educated women in India. On the other hand, Ramawati is illiterate and earns less. Still, she has full control of her family. 

She takes all the major decisions at home. She takes all the decisions related to purchasing or saving. Her husband does give all his money to her. She controls everything perfectly. She is not the sole decision maker, but she has a major say. Her husband respects her decisions. She is also involved in major works in her locality. Her advice is always sot after. She was known for her skills in effectively managing her family. 

She is a role model for many women like her. Why there exists this difference? A highly educated woman is incapable of taking even her decisions and an illiterate woman not only takes her decision but takes the decisions for hundreds of others. Is there anything wrong with education? Obviously not, the problem is with the confidence level gained by the person. Education is the one way to gain confidence and financial independence. But this is not everything. 

However, we can change our education system to make it a friendlier and confidence builder. We should also encourage our girl child to come out and take the decisions from childhood itself and not force decisions on her. We should give a deep look into this matter and work for the better development of women. We should work on other parameters, other than education to improve the situation of women. 
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