19 Jun “The Times They Are a-Changin”
78 Women MPs in Lok Sabha – Is this the time for change?
Every time I tried to seek assistance and advice of more women politicians and legislators who can influence our programs, there weren’t too many to count. It is rather surprising for a country with a population of 133.92 crores. Thankfully, we have some good news this year.
“Representation of women” has been a global concern. It’s surprising to many of the patriarchal society that a record 78 women have made it to the Parliament of the largest democracy in the world. Yes, the Narendra Modi-led government will have 78 women MPs this term, and many of the
leading names have been given important and critical portfolios. This brings another critical question – Is India moving towards a more equal society? At BossLadiesIndia, I decided to take a deeper look at if this could be a positive sign for all my fellow women in India.
The numbers are surprising
Of 542 MPs, 78 are women, and yes, this may still seem like far off number, but the change is significant and worth lauding. Both West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh have 11 women MPs this year! Celebrity names like Hema Malini, Smriti Irani, and Sonia Gandhi retained the gains while some surprising (read shocking) names like Pragya Thakur made headlines too. Smriti Irani had the lion’s share this year, as she defeated Rahul Gandhi in his home bastion in Amethi. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, and Rita Bahuguna are other big names while from Bengal, young women like Mimi Chakraborty (30) and Nusrat Jahan (29) found comfortable wins.
A long way ahead
The numbers may seem better than the previous years, but think of this – Just 14% of all MPs are women. In a country that’s grappling with women rights, increasing number of rapes, reported honor killings, does this number mean anything at all? A bill for 33% representation for women in
legislatures is still not passed. In short, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that we are still not there as far as equality is concerned, but we might just have a voice that will be heard.
For the future
At BossLadiesIndia, we have encouraged and helped women in finding their true place in the society, and it all starts with empowering them. The current number of MPs in the Lok Sabha is certainly a positive influence in that direction. Nirmala Sitharaman, after handling the important profile of Defence, is now in charge of Finance. Harsimrat Kaur Badal will take the responsibility of Minister of Food Processing Industries while Smriti Irani has two ministries under her this term- Minister of Textiles and Minister of Women and Child Development. We have big names and young MPs making headlines, and we only hope that women will have more to cherish in this society.
Encourage your peers
While the women MPs helm the power that they have been voted for, BossLadiesIndia encourages women to take part in their own roles. There is no better time for change, and we are striving towards a better, and probably a more equal society. Each of us have a role in that, we should definitely consider taking that chance.
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