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Women in India: Retrospect and Prospect

K. Shanthi (Author)
Synopsis This book uses official data, for the period 1950 to 1999 assess the quantitative dimensions of women development supplemented by qualitative information so that the analysis is objective. It highlights the discrimination suffered by women from womb to tomb starting from the declining sex ratio due to female feticide and infanticide and ending with the pangs of elderly women. Male female comparison enables to gain insights into the magnitude of the gap and appreciate the need for women entered development policy. The socio-economic and cultural factors which impinge on women's education, the gross underestimation of women's work due to inadequacies in the definition of concepts like 'work' 'labour' etc., the high opportunity cost of seeking health care by women in view of their subordinate position in the family, and the violence suffered by them because they are women--form the subject matter of this book. Though these issues have been discussed by other scholars as well. I have not come across any book which deals with women's problem in a quantitative way, that too for all-India, across the states (with interstate comparison) and for Tamil Nadu (with inter-district comparisons).
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About the author

K. Shanthi

Dr. K. Shanthi is currently Professor in the Department of Econometrics, University of Madras, Chennai. She is also co-ordinating the activities of the Centre for Gender Studies of the University of Madras. She has published about 35 articles in various journals and edited volumes at the international and national level. She had guided ten doctoral candidates. She has executed a number of research projects funded by UNDP, ICSSR, WCD (GOI) and was consultant to a World Bank Project executed by Anna University. She was a recipient of Fulbright –Senior Post Doctoral Fellowship, Shastri Indo-Canadian Visiting Lectureship, and UGC Visiting Professorship. She has visited Europe, U.K., U.S.A., China and Singapore for presenting Conference Papers and Lectures. Her thrust areas are development issues and gender issues. She is Board of Studies member of Mother Teresa Women’s University, Padmavathi Vishvavidyalayam of Tirupati, and other women’s studies department in the South.

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Bibliographic information

Title Women in India: Retrospect and Prospect
Author K. Shanthi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126121793
length x+265p., Tables; Notes & References; Bibliography; Appendix; Index; 23cm.