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The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal, 1970-2000

The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal, 1970-2000
The Challenge Ahead

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Jasodhara Bagchi - Former Chairperson, West Bengal Commission for Women, Kolkata

Other Titles in:
Women's Studies

263 pages | SAGE India
This volume covers the state of West Bengal and highlights the nature of the challenges ahead in dealing with issues relating to neglected and deprived women. It also looks back at the successes of the past that can help in confronting these challenges.

Among the issues discussed are: demography; health and nutrition; economic empowerment; education; political participation; law and violence; culture and tribal women.

The analysis of macro data is supplemented by revealing micro studies that focus on the participation of girls from the scheduled castes and tribes in professional education; the status of women with respect to work; political participation of women; and the status of rural women artists in West Bengal. Based on field surveys and a study of cultural trends, this valuable qualitative section offers rare insights into the lives of women in West Bengal.


Vina Mazumdar

Nirmala Banerjee and Mukul Mukherjee
Health and Nutrition

Maitreya Ghatak

Jasodhara Bagchi and Jaba Guha
Economic Empowerment

Ishita Mukhopadhyay
Political Participation

Vidya Munshi

Malini Bhattacharya
Law and Violence against Women

Manjari Gupta and Ratnabali Chattopadhyay
Tribal Women

Anuradha Chanda
Appendix B: Tables on Health and Nutrition

Appendix C: Education: C1: Micro Study on Participation of SC/ST Girls in Professional (Teachers' Training) Education

Kamal Kumar Chattopadhyay and Dipali Nag
C2: Education of Muslim Women in West Bengal

Ratnabali Chattopadhyay
Appendix D: Status of Women with Respect to Work: Report of Primary Surveys in Bankura and Hoogli

Ishita Mukhopadhyay
Appendix E: Political Participation: E1: List of Women Lok Sabha MPs from West Bengal (1952-2000)

E2: List of Women Rajya Sabha MPs from West Bengal

E3: List of Women MLAs in West Bengal (1952-2000)

Appendix F: A Micro Survey of the Status of Women Rural Artists of West Bengal

Malini Bhattacharya
Appendix G: A Report on Findings from a Study of Women's Status in Birbhum District of West Bengal

Atis Dasgupta and Suraj Bandyopadhyay
Policy Recommendations

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This edited volume is a timely assessment of the politics implemented in the wake of the `Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India` released in 1974,which asserted the need for action so that the constitutional promise of equality for men and women in India could be realised.

Contemporary South Asia

The product of painstaking research by a team of eminent academics, the book is a study of the way women`s lives evolved, delving into virtually every sphere of human activity imaginable—from economic empowerment to health to legal issues.

The Telegraph

[This] work is a unique study of three decades that have witnessed by far the most apparent changes in the visibility, status and social relevance of women in the country, and this book promises to be an important reference point. The result of several years of compilation and analysis, the study looks at several parameters that may assess status: demography, health and nutrition, education, economic, political and cultural participation, violence against women and the safeguards in the eyes of law, and finally, the lives of tribal women. It is replete with tables and one cannot help but be impressed with the compilation…. Perhaps one of the most significant chapters here would be the one on policy recommendations…. This book takes an honest look at the scope for improvement with objective pointers through the chapters…. These pointers…are heartening indicators of an earnest and dispassionate effort.

The Hindustan Times

Jasodhara Bagchi

Jasodhara Bagchi was an independent scholar, formerly Chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women and Director, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University; also Professor of English, Jadavpur University; considered to be a pioneering scholar of women’s studies. Among her books with Stree: Loved and Unloved: The Girl Child in the Family (1997); with Subhoranjan Dasgupta, The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in the Easter Region, 2 vols (2006, 2009); Karmakshetre Jouno Henasthar Mokabilye Ain Byabohaer Nirdeshika (How to handle sexual harassment in the workplace); with SAGE: Changing Status of Women in West Bengal,... More About Author

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