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The status of women in any civilizations shows the stage of evolution at which, the civilization has arrived. The term “status” includes not only personal and proprietary rights but also duties, liabilities and disabilities. In the case of an Indian woman, it means her personal rights, proprietary rights, her duties, liabilities and disabilities, the society and her family members. A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.
Women of the Vedic period: –
With regard to the status of women in Indian society at large, no nation has held their women in higher esteem than the Hindus. Perhaps, no other literature has presented a more admirable type of women character than Sita, Maitriya, and Gargi. Hindu mythology witnesses that the status of Hindu women during the Vedic period was honourable and respectable. Their marriage was regarded as sacrosanct and the family ideal was high. Women on marriage acquired an honourable position and considerable status. There are references which indicate that, equal social and religious status was allowed to boys and girls in the Vedic society. Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.