Women In Changing Society
Eversince Eve brought about the fall of Adam from the Garden of Eden, woman has been an object of perennial interest for the chauvinist males. Even the Bard of Avon could not help expressing his wonder at the mystery of women?s eyes in these immoral lines: From women?s eyes this doctrine I derive, They sparkle still the right Promethean fire, They are the books, the arts, the academies, That show, contain and nourish all the world. Thus man-woman syndrome has been a topic of perennial discourse among poets, philosophers and sociologists all from different angles. In course of time the society got male-dominated and woman?s lot was marked by a status of inferiority and degradation, specially during the Middle Ages. The reality was forgotten that man and woman are the two wheels of the chariot of life and the success of life?s journey was dependent on the stamina and steadfastness of both the wheels. But now the wheels of woman?s destiny has turned full circle much to the chagrin of chauvinist male. Due to universal education, economic independence and mastery of birth control techniques, woman today enjoys a degree of freedom and equality which were never known before and she has started asserting herself and has become a formidable rival of man in all walks of life. And then followed a vast body of literature on the role of women and their status in society. This is being produced daily in the shape of books, research papers, articles, reports, news items and plethora of productions all scattered extensively over a wide field of speculation. The research scholars conducting research in this subject had to grope in the dark in the absence of an appropriate Bibliography of such writings which will serve as a ready reference tool for locating various sources of information on women. The learned author has made good this deficiency by producing a comprehensive classified Bibliography as embodied in the present volume. This is a unique reference tool which covers extensive sources of information on women written in ancient, medieval and modern times. Comprising 19 chapters, it contains more than 5000 references relating to women in all ages. It covers all sources of information embracing topics of interest relating to women-their family life, marriage, education, health (including menarcheal age and fertility) birth control, rural scenes, occupation and employment in Government Service and their role in different professions like films, medicine, business and engineering, agriculture, politics, social sciences, journalism, legal profession and their sufferings on account of social evils, handicaps and infirmities like dowry and divorce, bigamy, rape, prostitution and other atrocities to which they are subjected. This volume is thus an indispensabe reference took which should be the proud possession not only to academic, public and private libraries but also of all private books shelves. Research scholars of social sciences, social reformers and administrators will find it of instimable value.
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