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

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Jasodhara Bagchi, Sarmistha Dutta Gupta
SAGE, Jan 24, 2005 - Social Science - 263 pages
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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.

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About the author (2005)

Jasodhara Bagchi is Emeritus Professor of Women's Studies at Jadavpur University, where she was also Professor of English until her retirement. She is former Chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women. Her focus areas of research include women's studies, women's writings, 19th century English and Bengali literature, the reception of Positivism in Bengal, motherhood, and the Partition of India. Her authored, edited, and co-edited books include Literature, Society, and Ideology in the Victorian Era (1992), Indian Women: Myth and Reality (1995), The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in Eastern India (co-edited with Subhoranjan Dasgupta, 2003), and The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal 1970–2000: The Challenges Ahead (2005).

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