Analyzing the speech ‘What Educated Women Can Do’ by Indira Gandhi, published in the Selected Speeches and Writings of Indira Gandhi from September 1972 to March 1977 (WordPress.com 2011) stresses on the importance of women’s education and their neglect not only in India but around the whole world. In this speech, Gandhi provides many strong stances on women’s education. Gandhi discusses its culture and superstitions and how women in India have been oppressed of proper/formal education. She also highlights how educated women should carry themselves well by not forgetting their maternal obligation and domestic duties.
In her critique Gandhi emphasizes on the persuasive methods used by Gandhi specifically on Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. Ethos, or the ethical appeal of the argument, represents credibility. Virgintino (n.d). According to (Crewell et al 1996), ‘Ethos is an ethos-driven document relies on the reputation of the author’. However, Pathos is associated with emotion, such as appealing to an audience's sympathies and imagination Virgintion (n.d). (Crewell et al 1996), ‘Pathos is appeal based on emotion’. Logos refers to any attempt to appeal to the intellect, and it is the general meaning of a "logical argument." Virgintino (n.d). (Crewell et al 1996), ‘Logos is appeal based on logic or reason’.
In the first part of the speech, Gandhi stresses that women’s education is imperative: ‘Education plays a particularly important role as a foundation for girls’ development towards adult life’ Right to Education Project (2008).
Gandhi also expounds the issue of equal rights to gain education as the world turns a cold shoulder on this issue :‘It should be an intrinsic part of any strategy to address the gender based : ‘Discrimination against women and girls those remain prevalent in many societies’ (REP) (2008).
Children are an asset as they can help the country soar towards greater heights. The basic necessity needed to upgrade a country is education....
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