The Role of Women in the Development of Society

The word ‘women’ is very powerful. This word has a certain charm to it because it is a reflection of love, care, nurture, responsibilities, duties, power, eternity, motherhood, and so on. A woman in any society, is the mirror of that society. If she is oppressed, that society is oppressed; if she is educated, that society is educated; if she is empowered, that society is empowered. A woman is like an atom of society, without whom there would be nothing. She is the one who holds on to and carries forward the culture and traditions. She is the one who takes care of the family and of her man. In other words, she makes existence of each and everything in the society.

A man from his birth is a male child, then grows to a boy and later on become a man, while a woman since her birth is a woman. Although she is a girl, from the very beginning she takes on the responsibilities like a woman. She is a mother, who is responsible for the upbringing of her children. The way she raises them determines how they will raise their own families one day. A woman (a mother) is the first teacher of her children; she is the first doctor who treats their children with love, the first instructor to instruct them, first partner who plays games with the kids. Her role in developing her children is enormous. One cannot thank a woman enough for the indefinite roles she plays and the endless responsibilities she takes on for the sake of her children, family, community and society.

Today, when we talk about women empowerment, most of the people think of working women who are independent. But in reality, empowered women are those who choose to live at home or are forced to do so to fulfil the role of a wife, daughter-in-law, and a mother. Development starts from them. It is them without whom a man is unable to go to his work. It’s a stay at home mom’s support that the society is working, the nation is developing. Her numerous unpaid and ignored works are the reason that any society is developing.

“If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” It’s an old African proverb. I would like to make a little modification in it and say that be it an educated or uneducated woman, she teaches her kids in her own way, she makes possible for the society to progress and develop.

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