The Importance Of The First Duty Of A Woman

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Importance of Women Education

Napoleon was once asked, what the great need of France was. He answered,” Nation’s progress is impossible without trained and educated mothers. If the women of my country are not educated, about half of the people will be ignorant.” A woman has to play three roles in the course of her life. Each of these roles expects some duties from her. It is only with the help of education that she would be able to perform them successfully. The first duty of a woman is to be a good daughter. The second duty is to be a good wife and third duty is to be a good mother. Education teaches a woman what she should be. It also teaches her how she should do it to be good daughter, a good wife and a good mother. Women education
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Educated women become more affective at improving their own well-being and their family’s welfare. They are better equipped to extract the most benefit from available services and existing opportunities, and to generate alternative opportunities, roles and support structures. These empowering effects of women’s education are manifested in a variety of ways, including increased income earning potential, ability to bargain for resources within the household, decision making autonomy, control over their own sexuality, and participation in public life (Jose and Thampy 2006).

Educational status of women in India:

Table 1
Literacy Rate in India

Year Persons Male Female

1901 5.3 9.8 07
5.9 10.6 1.1
1921 7.2 12.2 1.8

1931 9.5 15.6 2.9

1941 16.1 24.9 7.3

1951 16.7 24.9 7.3

1961 24.0 34.4 13.0

1971 29.5 39.5 18.7

1981 36.2 46.9 24.8

1991 52.1 63.9 39.2

2001 65.38 76.0 54.0

2011 74.04 82.14 65.46

Data on the above table reveals that at any point the literacy rate of women could not match with men. As a result, even after 69 years of independence, women occupy a secondary position in our social hierarchy. Inspire of being aware of her position, women can 't empower due to lack of skills and knowledge. Therefore, women empowerment can 't be attained unless to elicit innate functional skills of women by imparting skill-based education.

Table 2 Level-wise
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