CHAPTER 5 Women change the world

Q1. How do you think stereotypes about what women can or cannot do, affect women’s right to equality?

Ans. Women are considered inferior to men. There is a belief that women do not have technical mind and these stereotypes about women’s capability or incapability of doing certain jobs badly affect women’s right to equality.

Q2. List one reason why learning the alphabet was so important to women like rashsundari devi, ramabai and rokeya.

Ans. Learning the alphabet is so important to these women because only after that they became able to write stories, letters and autobiographies which described their own experiences of inequality.

Q3. “poor girls drop out of school because they are not interested in getting an education” re-read the last paragraph on page 62 (given below) and explain why this statement is not true.

Ans. Poor girls do not leave school because they wish so but because they are compelled to do so, due to several reasons in rural and poor areas of the country there are no proper schools. If there is no regular teachers and transport facility parents do not show their willingness to send their girls to school.

Q4. Can you describe two methods of struggle that the women’s movement used to raise issues? If you had to organize a struggle against stereotypes about what women can or cannot do, what method would you employ from the ones that you have read about? Why would you choose this particular method?

Ans. Campaigning- it is an important part of the women’s movement, it fights discrimination and violence against women.

Protesting- the women’s movement raises its voice when violations against women takes place. Public rallies and demonstrations are a very powerful way of drawing attention to injustices.

If i had to organize a struggle against stereotypes about women can or cannot do. I would like to employ the method of raising awareness among public.