It is true that the worth of a civilization can be measured by the place that it gives to women in the society. It is also true that where women are honored, there gods live. Indian Women in the past enjoyed an exalted position in the society. They excelled in various spheres of life and enjoyed every kind of liberty to develop themselves, socially, morally and intellectually. However, the position did not remain the same for long. During Muslim and British rule, her position was eclipsed. She was deprived of a wide measure of liberty and was confined within the four walls of the house. She was thought more as a possession than a human being. She was reduced to be a play thing of man and an object to gratify his lust, whims and fancies.
Eve was not taken out of Adam's head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him. Matthew Henry
With the freedom of the country she regained her lost position and reasserted her -equality with man. As she fought equally by the side of man for the freedom of the country, it is in the fitness •of things that she must enjoy and equally share the fruits of freedom. Today she is an . Important part of the nation-building activities. We must remember that women have a vital role to play in modern society. It is true charity begins at home. The first and most important role of the woman begins at home. She has to sweeten ways of life as mother, wife, sister and daughter. (The future progress of the country depends upon her care which she rears up the future generation. Her inborn honesty, sincerity and earnestness shall breed a nation of strong and dedicated men. Indeed, she has to become a source of supreme inspiration to man on his onward march. The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world. - Charles Malik
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