ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WOMEN Women's Studies: Challenge to Educational System Vina Mazumdar SINCE the early seventies, there his been a slow but steady expansion of investigations on problems of women. The Report on the Committee on the Status of Women, in India demolished many established and popular notions about trends and issues in women's status, compelling hard rethinking among some policymakers, social scientists and organisations working for women's rights. The decision of the Indian Council of Social Science Research to sponsor a programme of research on the problems and conditions of poor, rural ,and other groups of-'invisible' women, hitherto neglected by social scientists, resulted in Involving a number of scholars some very eminent and established, others less known, and some young researchers from the universities in a purposive set of investigations which have increasingly provided substantial empirical support for some of the rather startling and disturbing observations of the Committee on the Status of Women. The symbolic pressure of the International Women's Decade encouraged some persons in universities and other institutions to take up some research on women. At the same time, the new awareness of the growing problems, including crimes and violence against women, gave birth to a number of new, more militant women's organisations, and activised some of the older organisations also to take up issues like rape and dowry deaths. The pressure was also felt by trade unions and other organisations mobilising different groups of exploited workers in urban and rural areas. The gradual manifestation of this process, or the communication channels through which the pressure travelled has not been documented or analysed. .There is little doubt, however, that the increasing attention to women in some sections of the media, or the number of seminary, conferences and other gatherings provided some conduits for the process.

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