"The auspicious signs of the awakening
of women are clearly visible in every sphere of social life."
-- Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar in Equal Rights for Men
The women's struggle for rights has a long history. The last
three decades, especially, have brought these issues to the
forefront of social consciousness. All over the world women
are awakening. No longer are they willing to remain silent
in the face of oppression. They are finding their voices and
the strength to fight to reclaim their dignity and sanctity
in society. Men, too, are realizing the importance of women's
long-overdue awakening if society is to progress to its next
In many parts of the world, women are still under the yoke
of exploitation. They have been rendered helpless by hundreds
of years of imposed ignorance, superstition and inferiority
complexes. The opportunists who have taken advantage of women
fail to realize that by paralyzing women's minds, the whole
society becomes crippled.
Now, for society to move forward, women must regain their
self-confidence and take their rightful place in society.
Men also must take an active role in this process.
“We [society] are not as developed as we should be.
Why? One of the reasons is that we have kept women confined
within the walls of their homes, resulting in the progress
of only fifty percent of the population -- the males. And
as only the men are progressing, they will have to carry the
load of fifty percent of the population. Thus the speed of
progress is reduced. Ideally, women should also move with
their own strength and with the same speed as their male counterparts.
In the process of movement, if they feel pain in their legs,
if they fall on their faces, they should be physically lifted
up.The fact is that we must move together in unison with all."
-- Shrii P. R. Sarkar Two Wings in the Importance of Society
To express all their potentialities in the mundane, psychic
and in order for the emancipation of women to take place in
the social sphere and spiritual spheres the steps necessary
are two points:
Women must become educated
Women must become economically self-reliant
Through education, women will become free from the superstitions
and dogmas that have been imposed on them. They will learn
how to take care of their bodies, of their minds. They will
learn the hidden history of women's contribution to society.
They will gain not only intellectual wealth, but the necessary
self-confidence to employ that wealth for the benefit of society.
When women gain economic independence from men, they will
also win back respect. Dowry and other social ills will die
natural deaths. As women gain economic self-reliance, they
will gain a voice in the household as well as in the society-at-large.