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How do you think stereotypes, about what women can or cannot do, affect women’s right to equality?
Stereotypes, about what women can or cannot do affect women’s right to equality by forcing the society to give them certain roles and not allow others. This is unequal treatment because the choice of the woman is not considered and she is not free to do what she wants.
List one reason why learning the alphabet was so important to women like Rashsundari Devi, Ramabai and Rokeya.
Learning the alphabet was important to women like Rashundari Devi, Ramabai and Rokeya because women were forbidden education as it was considered dangerous for their moral development and family life. By learning how to read and write, these women achieved a degree of independence.
“Poor girls drop out of school because they are not interested in getting an education.” Re-read the last paragraph on page 62 and explain why this statement is not true.
This statement is not true. On reading the information we realize that girls from poor families drop out of school because their parents are unwilling to send them to school because of lack of money for transportation and education costs.
Can you describe two methods of struggle that the women’s movement used to raise issues? If you had to organise 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?
Two methods of struggle that the women’s movement used to raise issues are by raising awareness and protesting. Women’s movements raise awareness on women’s rights issues. They spread their message through street plays, songs and public meeting. Women’s movements protest when violations against women happen or when a law or policy works against their interest.