Presentation Title

The Compromise for Women’s Autonomy in Rural India

Faculty Mentor

Lia Roberts

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

32

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Some studies have shown that financial dependence on another person can result in a loss of autonomy in making ones own decisions. In rural India, many women are considered homemakers who are reliant on the income of their spouse or older children. For those living in the rural areas of India, this might result in sacrificing the ability to make personal and household decisions. This research is a quantitative analysis of pooled data collected by MSMU’s GWSTEM program in rural villages outside Rajasthan, India during the summer of 2019. This analysis of political, social and technologial change shows that while these women may not have their own income, they do have autonomy as measured by their ability to make decisions regarding their own healthcare, that of their children’s, political participation, and household financial decisions. With gender based inequity remaining a topic of international concern, this research is needed to map the progression of gender equality and female empowerment.

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The Compromise for Women’s Autonomy in Rural India

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Some studies have shown that financial dependence on another person can result in a loss of autonomy in making ones own decisions. In rural India, many women are considered homemakers who are reliant on the income of their spouse or older children. For those living in the rural areas of India, this might result in sacrificing the ability to make personal and household decisions. This research is a quantitative analysis of pooled data collected by MSMU’s GWSTEM program in rural villages outside Rajasthan, India during the summer of 2019. This analysis of political, social and technologial change shows that while these women may not have their own income, they do have autonomy as measured by their ability to make decisions regarding their own healthcare, that of their children’s, political participation, and household financial decisions. With gender based inequity remaining a topic of international concern, this research is needed to map the progression of gender equality and female empowerment.