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

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Extraordinary Characters

The achievements of India’s women cricketers are forcing sports fans to change their attitudes.

It was 10 April 2005, the day Australia beat India in the finals of the cricket World Cup by a massive 98 runs. I do not remember that day because it was women’s cricket, which I did not follow at that time. Most cricket fans also probably do not remember that event because cricket players such as Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur have only recently entered the nation’s consciousness.

We should not be surprised. Women are still not well represented in many fields. For instance, a popular film critic recently hosted a discussion on sexism in India’s comedy industry, and the panel tellingly had only one woman comedian and five male ones, according to Firstpost, a news site. This could be a function of the ratio of the sexes in the field. But that underlying skewed ratio itself reveals something about our society.

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Updated On : 7th Mar, 2021
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