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8th March marked the 102nd anniversary of International Women’s day. It is an undeniable fact, that, from the day it started back in the 1900s a lot has been done to upgrade the status of women in the society and has been a women's long struggle to achieve equality. It focuses on the celebration of respect, appreciation and love for the economic, social and political achievements of women. The political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. The days celebrated the struggle of women like Rosa parks, Lalithambika Antharjanam, Saroj Nalini Dutt, Kamini Roy and several others to promote equal rights and suffrage for women.

With Women’s day, it is set forth, that, feminism in India is a set of movements aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for Indian women. It is the pursuit of women's rights within the society of India. Like their feminist counterparts all over the world, feminists in India seek gender equality: the right to work for equal wages, the right to equal access to health and education, and equal political rights.

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Now the question comes: Why an all girls’ college? What good would that do?
The answer is that an all girl’s’ college helps us focussing in a girl’s education in a country where girls are less likely to reach optimal levels of education. To give them a sense of economic independence and taught to demand information and find the knowledge to take charge of their own lives. A higher literacy rate among women would result in increased provision of skilled job work and more job security, and lesser the narrow on looking of women as only of as their familial and domestic help, and no! Here we are not talking about the fashion forward, cell phone gimmicking women, but women who come from all parts of India with a spark of growth and a hope of growing something better out of their lives.

In an all girls’ college, a girl build friendships and self-esteem because they aren't as focused on being pretty. Even girls who are sworn enemies can show compassion to one another. Typically all girls’ college have a lot of enrichment activities and awareness days that feature various atrocities against women. They learn how little the world thinks of them and how to avoid becoming a victim to social constructs. Girl's schools cut down on fighting. A girl who fights or gets loud all the time, gets left out. So, the girl has to be careful. Usually, it's easier to improve one's own strengths than it is to get into an 'I'm better than you' war with someone else. The girls are surer of themselves because they have to learn what's at stake when they make fools of themselves. Girl's schools are not about being elitist. They are about training young women not to be victims, how to prioritize, and how to survive in a world that will hurt them one way or another.

Over the years, colleges I Delhi University, like Lady Shri Ram, Indraprastha College for Women, Miranda House have been running on the line of them rules of women empowerment, and produced numerous alumni that have made phenomenal changes in their respective fields.

All these colleges have many things in common, they had a very modest beginnings, with scarce campuses, little faculty and handful of courses. But today they have grown and made their names in academic as well as extracurricular fields and political activism. These colleges are designed to give women an effective voice in the world which will reflect the genuine development needs of this section of the society

With a vision in mind and a determination to push the women’s stature in the society to a higher rung, even though there are miles to go before we sleep. With the growing progress, an optimistic voice ringing in our ears would certainly bring us closer to the cause of The International Women’s Day.

Anvita Mathur

3/12/2013 00:45:14

studying in a girl's college for almost 2 years now.....and at times it comes as a huge benifit but then being exposed to the co ed env is also very necessary otherwise we will be lost in all girls plcae which is way different from the real world....


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