Presentation Title

Superwomen: The Autonomy of Women in Rural India

Presenter Information

Esther KesslerFollow

Faculty Mentor

Lia Roberts

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:30 AM

Location

32

Session

poster 4

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

Superwomen: The Autonomy of Women in Rural India

Women’s movement literature shows that education impacts a woman’s autonomy - or ability to make decisions on her own. However, qualitative and quantitative analysis of 137 face-to-face in-depth interviews conducted in three rural villages across Rajasthan in 2019 demonstrates that, despite limited access to education, women are able to make both political and healthcare decisions on their own. This study shows that women’s autonomy is determined by political and other socio-economic variables. Factors such as homeownership, land ownership, owning a personal bank account and cell-phone usage, impact a woman’s ability to make decisions about healthcare more than education alone. Despite a lack of access to education and low literacy rates, Rajasthani women are increasingly autonomous and superwomen in their own right.

Keywords: women’s autonomy, India, women’s health, healthcare policy

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Superwomen: The Autonomy of Women in Rural India

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Superwomen: The Autonomy of Women in Rural India

Women’s movement literature shows that education impacts a woman’s autonomy - or ability to make decisions on her own. However, qualitative and quantitative analysis of 137 face-to-face in-depth interviews conducted in three rural villages across Rajasthan in 2019 demonstrates that, despite limited access to education, women are able to make both political and healthcare decisions on their own. This study shows that women’s autonomy is determined by political and other socio-economic variables. Factors such as homeownership, land ownership, owning a personal bank account and cell-phone usage, impact a woman’s ability to make decisions about healthcare more than education alone. Despite a lack of access to education and low literacy rates, Rajasthani women are increasingly autonomous and superwomen in their own right.

Keywords: women’s autonomy, India, women’s health, healthcare policy