women empowerment

Wings of education can make girls and women fly from their miseries

Wings of education can make girls and women fly from their miseries

There is no doubt that education is a reliable indicator of development. Every developed nation in the world has a high, if not a perfect literacy rate. While India has been on...

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That is perfect for me. I can work from home!

That is perfect for me. I can work from home!

If you are a young mom with a demanding job and even more demanding children, chances are the words “work from home” are more powerful than abracadabra. Most people (not just...

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We take care of office and home. Yes we are Superwomen!

We take care of office and home. Yes we are Superwomen!

A Superwoman is indeed an extremely apt alias name for the members of the fairer sex. Women are made out to be weak and very often thought to be incapable of being at par with...

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Microcredit for Women in India

Microcredit for Women in India

Micro-finance institutions (MFIs) have come a long way in lending a helping hand to the economically underprivileged and not so credit worthy customers, thanks to the inception...

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Laws leading to emergence of empowered women force

Laws leading to emergence of empowered women force

The moment one wants to correlate the provisions in the constitution, Indian legislature and relevant amendments with respect to restoring rights of women and the evolving trend...

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E-Learning ~ Study from home!!

E-Learning ~ Study from home!!

Information and communication technology (ICT) is acting as a bridge for connecting the whole world through Internet. E-learning is a growing industry worldwide, owing to...

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Breaking Rules, Gaining Grounds

Breaking Rules, Gaining Grounds

In India, till about a few decades ago, working women were a revolutionary class by themselves. Receiving college education was itself a privilege, no matter if it was more of a...

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Scholarships for Women in India

Scholarships for Women in India

Scholarships for women are provided at various stages of education by both government as well as private organizations in India. The government as well as certain private...

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Women right based approaches to development

Women right based approaches to development

It has been distinctly noted that all the United Nation agencies committed for the development aspects for child and women rather pursued the ‘beneficiary need approach’ for...

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When She Comes Home

When She Comes Home

The role of modern woman is no longer how it used to be. Today, having to manage both the domestic sphere and the public life, she has to strike a perfect balance between home...

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Age No Bar ~ Education for Older Women

Age No Bar ~ Education for Older Women

Education is timeless. It can be acquired at any point of time and its impact lasts for a lifetime. For women who have not had the privilege of receiving education in the...

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Widows deserve a respectable life too!

Widows deserve a respectable life too!

It cannot be denied that death of spouse is a harsh blow for any woman, be it emotionally, socially or economically. Perhaps in India, the state of affairs for widows is even...

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Making Big Bucks

Making Big Bucks

Over the last three decades, women’s median income has increased by 63%. More and more women are now achieving post-graduate degrees and consequently, narrowing the income gap...

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Women in their Twenties ~ Single & Happy

Women in their Twenties ~ Single & Happy

Gone are those days when twenties, for young ladies, heralded the lookout for a “perfect” groom and all her family members - perhaps herself included - had primarily one thing...

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We need more women to participate in Politics

We need more women to participate in Politics

Women, even in the current modern era, are significantly under-represented in politics and hence this situation demands immediate redress. All over the world, the few women who...

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We say, "Equal Work Equal Pay"

We say, "Equal Work Equal Pay"

A recent government report in The United States of America suggests that though women are more educated and better represented than ever before in the workforce, they earn about...

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Walmart's Global Initiative to Empower Women

Walmart's Global Initiative to Empower Women

On April 5, 2012, Walmart launched its ‘Women in Factories’ program, a five-year initiative that will empower 60,000 women working in factories that supply products to Walmart...

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"Sit at the table" - Sheryl Sandberg

"Sit at the table" - Sheryl Sandberg

“Believe in yourself” is the mantra. In this era, it is not sufficient to simply be talented or efficient; one needs to market herself in order to showcase her capabilities. And...

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When Her Heaven Turns Into Hell

When Her Heaven Turns Into Hell

Women, ironically, are often in great peril in the place where they should be safest: Home. Despite all the progress and modernization that we claim to have acquired, India...

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Why should boys get more attention ?

Why should boys get more attention ?

The Indian society, unfortunately, is a lot about hypocrisy and irony. While it is held as the land where many Goddesses are worshipped as the emblem of power, it is in this...

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Learning for All - World Bank Group Education Strategy 2020

Learning for All - World Bank Group Education Strategy 2020

How will the world look in 2020?? Of course, we do not have a distinct idea. But we must prepare our youth to realize our hopes for the next decade. And that requires us to...

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Powerful Global Women - 1

Powerful Global Women - 1

A. Angela Merkel : The Chancellor of Germany and Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, she is the first female Chancellor of Germany. A physical chemist by professional...

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GOWA : Guild of Women Achievers

GOWA : Guild of Women Achievers

The brainchild of Chhaya Srivastava, this organisation was founded in 1996. Having herself been a victim of workplace harassment, she felt that the society needs more such...

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Women's Empowerment Spoiling Society?

Women's Empowerment Spoiling Society?

Is this a recurrent thought that arises in many a minds, of both men and women? If so, perhaps it needs some attention and clarification. The question was perpetrated recently...

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YFLO Raga Young Women Achievers Awards

YFLO Raga Young Women Achievers Awards

YFLO stands for Young FICCI Ladies Organization. This organization is an exclusive women's wing of the prestigious national organization FICCI (Federation of Indian Chamber Of...

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Global Fund For Women

Global Fund For Women

The Global Fund For Women is a foundation that is publicly supported, a non-profit grant-making organization that actively supports and advances women’s rights. They work at the...

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Women Cabbies Driving Away to Glory

Women Cabbies Driving Away to Glory

Women taxi drivers!! Who would have pictured them even in the wildest of dreams? But this is no less than a reality on the streets of Mumbai. An all-women fleet of cabbies, clad...

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Indian Women Welfare Foundation

Indian Women Welfare Foundation

The IWWF (Indian Women Welfare Foundation) was founded with the sole aim to start and support such initiatives by which socially and economically marginalized women irrespective...

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Women's Education Project : Educating Women out of Poverty

Women's Education Project : Educating Women out of Poverty

The Women’s Education Project (WEP) had started off with a mission to help young women of limited means to discover their true calling and achieve their potential. It believes...

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Six in Ten Women Claim Financial Independence!

Six in Ten Women Claim Financial Independence!

According to a recent survey conducted by Synovate, nearly six in ten, that is, 58% women across 12 countries consider themselves to be financially independent, and the highest...

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Women Welfare Organization

Women Welfare Organization

Women Welfare Organisation (WWO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded by a group of women volunteers. These women belong to various walks of life such...

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The nation needs her vote

The nation needs her vote

Women suffrage is the right of women to vote. The term is also extended to mean the rights related to property ownership, payment of tax, or marital status. The movements can be...

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Managing the Money

Managing the Money

This decade has witnessed a whopping number of women entering the workforce. The avenues have expanded immensely for them, thus enabling them to channelize their potential in a...

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Stop being harassed!

Stop being harassed!

Ladies, it is time to sit up and take note. Harassment of women has reached epidemic proportions in our society, country and indeed the world. It is high time we took steps to...

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"We need a more women friendly world" - Interview of Founder of Glad2baWoman

"We need a more women friendly world" - Interview of Founder of Glad2baWoman

The Glad2bawoman editorial team recently interviewed, Sundeep Tibrewal, Founder of the online media initiative - Glad2baWoman. He is also the author of the book, Love Hurts Love...

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Can men handle successful women?

Can men handle successful women?

They do have a little problem, let’s admit it. Especially in a society such as ours, a woman’s success, if it trumps the man’s, does not bode very well for their relationship....

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Play the Second Innings of Your Life to the Hilt!

Play the Second Innings of Your Life to the Hilt!

Retirement is a crucial point of every individual’s life that involves several financial, social and emotional changes. The new situation is accepted and welcomed differently by...

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Investment Planning

Investment Planning

Public provident funds, mutual funds, unit-linked investment plans or ULIPS, tax shelter plans and fixed deposits-which is the best option for you? Real estate, commodity...

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Owning a BMW car is not the only route to empowerment !

Owning a BMW car is not the only route to empowerment !

Power is a heady word. It brings to mind images of men and women in black suits, who step in and out of long, flashy cars and have unlimited expense accounts; or handsome actors...

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Caged birds' desire for flight to freedom - brief history of Indian women

Caged birds' desire for flight to freedom - brief history of Indian women

In spite of the claim of equality are Indian women really living a life at par with the men? Women in modern India are standing at cross roads of changes – some radical; yet can...

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Sex Mobs Attacking Women In Egypt

Sex Mobs Attacking Women In Egypt

Egypt is in the news again, for unsavoury reasons. Thanks to the Egyptian revolution, which has created a significant rift between the conservative fraternity and the liberals,...

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Small changes which go a long way!

Small changes which go a long way!

When we save up money (which is never enough anyway), we usually think long-term, such as a recurring deposit every month, investment plans, or a certain amount which we keep...

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Be financially independent!

Be financially independent!

Some women believe it is necessary to be financially independent, some don’t. Some feel that their primary duty is that of a home maker. For some it’s the matter of satisfying...

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Soaring the skies, sailing the seas

Soaring the skies, sailing the seas

Patriarchal rules and norms stay on for so long, sometimes, that they become facts, till someone decides to stand up and put things in perspective. The idea that a woman might...

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Police: friends or foes?

Police: friends or foes?

After the recent rise in the media coverage of rape cases all over the country, along with the public outrage it caused, the police have had no option but to stand up and take...

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What I think it means to be a feminist

What I think it means to be a feminist

Women are not downtrodden. Women are not treated unfairly. Women and men are at par. Women have nothing to fight for. There is no need for Feminists and there most certainly is...

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B-Able : providing vocational training , improving lives !

B-Able : providing vocational training , improving lives !

Basix Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Lts. (B-ABLE) is an organisation which works to enable those that have not completed their education. They provide them with...

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Honey, I’m going to keep an eye on the money

Honey, I’m going to keep an eye on the money

It’s finally happened. You’ve met Mr. Right and are all set to set up home and have babies with him. Your dreams are on the verge of becoming a reality and nothing, really...

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Empowerment and Morality

Empowerment and Morality

Women’s empowerment is not a new issue. Various movements have been carried on in various parts of the world, over the ages, to ensure a fairer representation of women, and...

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Help is a button away

Help is a button away

The furore that took over the country after the brutal and fatal rape of a young woman in Delhi has not died down thankfully, contrary to what many people predicted. In the wake...

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Women who call the shots!

Women who call the shots!

Film-making may be a medium which has been dominated by men through the ages of its growth and evolution, but women have also put in a strong voice in this area. Bollywood as it...

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Where women rule: The matrilineal societies within India

Where women rule: The matrilineal societies within India

Granted, matriarchy is a supposed ideal which will take a long time in turning to reality. In such a form of society, women are the chief decision makers, and they take the...

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Rising to the challenge: Laws against domestic violence in the U.S.A

Rising to the challenge: Laws against domestic violence in the U.S.A

Although domestic violence, in its formal definition, does not specify a particular gender, it is not an unsubstantiated fact that women suffer more from domestic violence than...

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Domestic violence laws in India and how they operate

Domestic violence laws in India and how they operate

Domestic violence is too widespread a phenomenon in India, and it is too regular an occurrence in most communities for it to be taken to be something truly cruel and heinous. It...

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Harsher laws and punishments for crimes against women

Harsher laws and punishments for crimes against women

If there is anything that will deter a criminal from carrying out a crime, it is the fear of grave punishment if he is caught. The reason why so many people get away with...

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Know your rights

Know your rights

Society’s relationship with women is a very disturbed one. It represses them, and it holds them up to the spotlight, it tries to hide them under a blanket of restrictive...

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An equal share for girls in India

An equal share for girls in India

India has had deeply entrenched patriarchal values, which exist even today. These patriarchal norms clearly dictate that the male child has the right to almost everything, while...

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Inheritance for women in Islam

Inheritance for women in Islam

We often generalize on the basis of half-hearted observations, and we tend to assign certain qualities to certain practices, without looking into the matter. Islam, and the...

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Irom Chanu Sharmila: The Iron Lady of Manipur

Irom Chanu Sharmila: The Iron Lady of Manipur

Known as Mengoubi, or “the fair one”, Irom Chanu Sharmila, a civil rights activist and poet from Manipur, India, has been on a hunger strike from November 4th 2000, demanding...

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Turn your handbag into an eve-teaser's worst nightmare

Turn your handbag into an eve-teaser's worst nightmare

Self-defense is a necessary survival skill for every individual to acquire, regardless of gender; and one of many options available exclusively to women, is a handbag filled...

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Lena Dunham and the celebration of real women

Lena Dunham and the celebration of real women

“Girls” is touted as being every “real” woman’s answer to Sex and the City. The multi-award winning series follows the trials, tribulations, and awkward moments of 4 young women...

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Lena Dunham: seeing success before 30

Lena Dunham: seeing success before 30

Producer, Actress and now author of the much-awaited book of essays titled, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned, 26-year-old Lena Dunham is...

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How women fare all over the world

How women fare all over the world

In 2011, Newsweek Magazine did a comparative study of the condition of women all over the world. The magazine took some basic parameters for comparison, such as health,...

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Shakuntala Devi - Remembering the world's only human calculator

Shakuntala Devi - Remembering the world's only human calculator

Universally renowned and nicknamed “the human calculator”, Shakuntala Devi was born on November 4th 1929, in Bangalore to poor, hard-working parents, who discovered her...

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Women’s personal safety rights: essential information

Women’s personal safety rights: essential information

With India becoming increasingly unsafe for women, it is imperative that we arm ourselves with some basic knowledge and rights-based information which will aid us in times of...

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Should there be a quota for women in the work force?

Should there be a quota for women in the work force?

Fortune 500 companies in the U.S, in 2011 had only fifteen female CEOs. Despite the U.S.A. being a developed country, the number of women in senior positions in workplaces...

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Sheryl Sandberg - Woman Empowered

Sheryl Sandberg - Woman Empowered

One of the things which make Sheryl Sandberg a fascinating study in women’s empowerment is the fact that she leaves work for home at 5:30pm on the dot to be in time for dinner...

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Sheryl Sandberg - What would you do if you weren't afraid?

Sheryl Sandberg - What would you do if you weren't afraid?

The idea of living life and making decisions without fear appears to be just that, an “idea”, when it comes to today’s female professionals. If Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is...

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Lizzie Velasquez - beautiful inside out

Lizzie Velasquez - beautiful inside out

Lizzie Velasquez’s identity became known to the world through an act of cruel online bullying via a YouTube video; the 8-second long video shows a photograph of Lizzie and...

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Marissa Mayer on God, Family and Yahoo

Marissa Mayer on God, Family and Yahoo

Marissa Mayer announced to the world that she was pregnant on July 17th 2012, the same day that she took on the role of Yahoo!’s newest CEO. From then, she has been hailed as...

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Oprah Winfrey and the creation of “Oprahfication”

Oprah Winfrey and the creation of “Oprahfication”

When Oprah Winfrey began hosting her self-named television chat show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986, little did the world realize that a wave of Oprahfication was about to...

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How to file an FIR

How to file an FIR

What is an FIR? Ask yourselves – we have all heard this term being thrown around quite often, we all know that it one must file an FIR in case of a police matter – be it losing...

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Powerful N Successful Working Moms

Powerful N Successful Working Moms

Being a mother who happens to manage companies and earn millions of dollars indicates the implementation of a specific skill set which involves time management, effective...

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Let her breathe, let her have her rights!

Let her breathe, let her have her rights!

The ancient Indian is said to have witnessed the golden times in every aspect including the rights of women. The society being more liberal and open minded saw women as equals...

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Section 498-A: Use and Misuse

Section 498-A: Use and Misuse

Section 498-A was added to the Indian Penal Code in 1983, and by definition, seeks to address and hold accountable, those who inflict cruelty or other forms of unjust treatment...

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The land and the law: from the perspective of a woman

The land and the law: from the perspective of a woman

India as a country might have very comprehensive laws which take into account the requirements of different genders, but the law and its execution often face a lot of disparity...

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Vital Voices: promoting women’s leadership

Vital Voices: promoting women’s leadership

It is surprising to note, that while a lot of the developed countries might be doing well economically and militarily, they still manage to lag behind in terms of human rights...

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Birth control is a woman’s right to her own body!

Birth control is a woman’s right to her own body!

Birth control might be condoned and encouraged in general, but there is a surprising amount of moral policing which goes against this method. A staggering number of people are...

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Behind the line of consideration: prostitutes and rights

Behind the line of consideration: prostitutes and rights

Prostitution is a global phenomenon. It is not a product of the modern times. It is, in fact, a profession, which dates back to centuries, and it might just be one of the oldest...

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Rights for women in the African Union: The Maputo Protocol

Rights for women in the African Union: The Maputo Protocol

It is widely believed that comprehensive rights for women and structures for their empowerment is in proportion to a nation’s level of development. People often generalize on...

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Can the USA’s “Amber Alert” be replicated in India?

Can the USA’s “Amber Alert” be replicated in India?

The universal problem of missing children is worrying, and while ground level efforts in different parts of the world are in effect to combat the problem, statistics highlight...

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Marriage is a matter of choice, not compulsion

Marriage is a matter of choice, not compulsion

I don’t think that because I’m not married it’s made my life any less. That old-maid myth is garbage. - Diane Keaton, Academy Award winning actress, also unmarried. Point to...

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Internet free speech and its impact on women in India

Internet free speech and its impact on women in India

"Targeting me for my journalism is fine. But when it is sexist and foul-mouthed abuse, which insults my gender identity I get incredibly angry. In the beginning I used to...

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Single mothers have rights too

Single mothers have rights too

A single mother amidst all her plight and hardships, emotional or otherwise, should always be very well-aware of the rights that she is entitled to. It goes without saying that...

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A history of Slutwalk

A history of Slutwalk

On April 3rd 2011, approximately 3000 women in Toronto, Canada, took to the streets in a protest march against what they called “slut-shaming”. This occurred when a female...

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Why women should buy maternity insurance

Why women should buy maternity insurance

The expected (or unexpected) arrival of the stork is always welcome news. Along with the pitter patter of little feet, pregnancy brings untold joy and a life of new experiences...

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The Declaration of Sentiments - the first women's rights movement in USA

The Declaration of Sentiments - the first women's rights movement in USA

Women’s rights are a widely discussed and debated topic today, with women standing up for themselves and demanding their rights all across the globe. Not many of us, however,...

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Standing up for their rights - formation of The National Association of Coloured Women in USA

Standing up for their rights - formation of The National Association of Coloured Women in USA

We have all heard of Rosa Parks right? In 1955, after Rosa Parks, a coloured woman living in Montgomery, Alabama, boarded the bus after a long and tiring day at work as a...

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Margaret Sanger's struggle to legalise birth control in USA

Margaret Sanger's struggle to legalise birth control in USA

Birth control has been an oft debated topic for a very long time now. There are many who argue that it is not within our rights to decide when a new life will be allowed to see...

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President’s Commission on the Status of Women(USA)

President’s Commission on the Status of Women(USA)

Equality for women, on every level, has been an issue since time immemorial. Society has been constructed, from the very beginning, as patriarchal, men are on a higher run as...

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Pindfresh allows a family to grow all their food in their balconies – Sohila Kapoor

Pindfresh allows a family to grow all their food in their balconies – Sohila Kapoor

A working professional turned entrepreneur, Sohila Kapoor, along with her husband, Somveer Anand, is working on a very interesting venture - Pindfresh, to help people grow fresh...

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“I was the only lady visiting ITOs, Commissioners and ROCs” – Meena Agarwal

“I was the only lady visiting ITOs, Commissioners and ROCs” – Meena Agarwal

Chartered Accountant (CA) Meena Agarwal chose a career which was dominated by men during her time. Today her daughter too is an aspiring CA and is following her path. Apart from...

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Leave everything better than you find it - advises Anuradha Das Mathur

Leave everything better than you find it - advises Anuradha Das Mathur

Anuradha Das Mathur has worn multiple hats in her long and illustrious career. She was selected as one of the 25 emerging global women leaders for the prestigious Global...

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Jo Dikhta Hai, Woh Bikta Hai - Says Taniya Dhirasaria, Founder of Zoe

Jo Dikhta Hai, Woh Bikta Hai - Says Taniya Dhirasaria, Founder of Zoe

Taniya Dhirasaria is the Founder of Zoe, a nutritious and healthy food brand. Starting from Gurgaon, soon they will be launching their 7 Day Tea Detox Program pan India....

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Growing up wasn't a great thing - Shivangi Sharma, author of I made a Booboo

Growing up wasn't a great thing - Shivangi Sharma, author of I made a Booboo

Despite being well educated, armed with degrees in Engineering and MBA, despite traveling the world and working in different countries in large and small organizations, the...

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Theresa May to become the Prime Minister of UK after Brexit

Theresa May to become the Prime Minister of UK after Brexit

After the verdict of Brexit, Theresa May is all set to become the Prime Minister of UK. She is only the second woman after Margaret Thatcher to become the Prime Minister of UK...

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Representation of women in the media : should it go on as it is?

Representation of women in the media : should it go on as it is?

Media, an inseparable organ of our daily lives now, has made its way to our drawing rooms and bedrooms in such a way like never before. Think of ads on male apparel, deodorants,...

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Why we need to take back the night

Why we need to take back the night

Take Back the Night refers to a movement, which aims to empower women by holding a series of marches and events at night, during which women walk the streets and reclaim their...

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Halle Berry’s anti-paparazzi Bill protects children from paparazzi in California

Halle Berry’s anti-paparazzi Bill protects children from paparazzi in California

Very recently, renowned Hollywood actress, Halle Berry, appealed for laws which protected children, especially celebrity children, from being harassed by photographers. The...

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Why Immigration reforms are needed for women in the US

Why Immigration reforms are needed for women in the US

Current lack of Immigration reforms in the United States of America are causing unrest among the 4.1 million strong populous of immigrant women and children who are currently...

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Open defecation - a major breeding ground for rapes

Open defecation - a major breeding ground for rapes

Statistics reveal that in Bihar, which is one of India’s poorest states, around 85% of the rural households do not have access to a toilet. Even generally speaking, isn't that...

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The reauthorized Violence against Women Act will protect women in the US from violence

The reauthorized Violence against Women Act will protect women in the US from violence

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was recently reauthorized in the United States by President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, thus giving hope to the thousands of...

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You are not just a pretty face - you are Prakriti and Shakti too !

You are not just a pretty face - you are Prakriti and Shakti too !

Over centuries, it seems society has forgotten the importance of women. Unfortunately it is not only men who have dominated and suppressed the spirit of women but even many...

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Struggling to get to the top: women from developing countries

Struggling to get to the top: women from developing countries

While generalizations may state that women in the developed countries are the ones who are career-driven and goal-oriented, research shows that women in developing countries,...

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Indra Nooyi on cherishing Motherhood and her Indian roots

Indra Nooyi on cherishing Motherhood and her Indian roots

“I’m so secure in myself; I don’t have to be American to play in the corporate life”. - Indra Nooyi, President and CEO, PepsiCo. ...

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Talk therapy

Talk therapy

When we are upset, the only thing that helps us heal is the purging of negative emotions from our minds. If not, then the hurt stays buried. We tend to cover it up for the sake...

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