Finest Blog for the Month of February 2013 Women in Public Life – Inspirations, Hopes & Possibilities After independence it is almost more than six decades are over now and we had one woman prime minister and one woman president. Leave alone the prime ministership and presidentship. All these years we never had a woman finance minister or home or external affairs minister after Indira Gandhi. Not even a single woman was appointed as chief judge of supreme court. So far there were only two women judges out of 26 judges in the supreme court. There were only 54 women judges out of 634 judges in varios high courts.The naked truth is women are marginalized in every field. Now at least women judges should be appointed to deal with crime against women in the fast track courts. Women occupied only 8 out of 74 ministerial positions in the union cabinet. Key portfolios were never allotted to them during Indira Gandhi's period or now when Sonia Gandhi is wielding the power. She never thought of choosing a woman chief minister for congress ruled states. Shiela Dik****h is the only chief minister in congress ruled state. Since the past 14 years "The Women's reservation bill" is facing so many hurdles and yet to be passed. Political parties are talking tall, but when it comes to passing the bill they keep dodging by stressing quota within quota on caste basis. All political parties are dominated by men and aways men are chosen as party presidents. Trinamul Congress, AIADMK and Bahujan Samaj Party are the only parties which are having women presidents. Even these women prefer men for key posts in their cabinet. Perhaps they are afraid that they would lose their prominence if they try to groom some capable woman. Women are capable of holding the finance portfolio as they deftly manage the domestic budget. Our Reseve Bank never had a woman governor so far. Leave alone the reserve bank, even the nationalised banks never had a woman at the top post, where as private banks and industries have women at top posts. Men IAS and IPS officers and judges are given post retirement appointments, but women IAS, IPS officers and women judges were not offered plum posts after retirement. Indra Nooyi became CEO of Pepsico. Chanda Kochchar and Shika Sharma are holding top posts in banks. Naina Lal Kidwai is holding top position at Honkong Shangai Banking Corporation. Kalpana Morparia occupies top post in JP Morgan Chase multinational finance institution. Indian women did not lag behind in science field also. There are many women scientists working in Indian Space Research Organization. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams were the two first Indian women to venture in space. All these women excelled in their chosen field and their success story will definitely inspire and motivate our younger generation. Kiran Bedi was the first lady to hold highest post in IPS and she brought many reforms in Tihar jail. The younger generation should take the initiative to abolish the gender inequality. Women should be given equal opportunities in every field. Parents should treat both their male and female child equally and give education to both of them. I do hope that the mindset of educated parents are changing now. I would like to stress that our women should give importance to both family and career and our young men also should give a hand in household chores and in bringing up children. I do hope our younger generation has the capability and magnanimity to walk hand in hand with their life partners and make our country economically and politically strong. Indian women had to face many hurdles to come out of their cocoon and they have done marvelously, yet there is a long way to go and they should march ahead!