P. Jyothi


Developed and developing countries alike have recognized the importance of girls' education, the worldwide surge in girls' primary school enrolment over the past two decades is testament to their commitment. The growth in girls' schooling also coincides with the global trend toward mass education that took off after the end of World War II and accelerated in the postcolonial period. Over the past 60 years, most countries have adopted mass education and have accelerated school expansion to accommodate the growing demand for education. Particular attention has been given to girls' schooling, not only because of its importance in reaching universal education but also because of its demonstrated social benefits.

India's recent economic growth rates have generated much optimism about its general social and economic development. But has there been accompanying progress in indicators of girl's educational outcomes even when all the resources are provided?

In an exhaustive survey, this paper tries to unearth the status of women, attitude towards girls? education in society, problems hindering the education of women, the importance of marriage in women's life affecting education as well as the empowerment of women for harassment. The article also highlights that educated and economically empowered women have said a firm "no? to the prevalent malice of the dowry, thus directly bearing the fruit of economic empowerment in society. Finally some recommendations have been made to eradicate the practice of intra-household and social discrimination of girl child and women.


Social change, rural education, caste discrimination, dowry

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