|With the women who shaped their own destiny in Vijayawada.|
March is women’s history month, an important time to think about where we’ve been and where we’re going. I’ve just finished reading a report put out by the White House on the status of women in the United States (Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being). I am very conscious of the fact that the situation of women in my country has changed enormously over my life time, and many changes have occurred since I last lived in the U.S. in 1998. This report, though, shows how far women have come in just about every area. It got me thinking about how fortunate I am, compared to my mother and grandmother.
Education: I’m the first woman in my family to complete a bachelor’s degree, but my mother and grandmother, unusually for their time, both enrolled in university before dropping out to get married. Today in the U.S., there are more women than men enrolled in higher education at every level. And they aren’t dropping out to get married. Women earn 60% of bachelor’s degrees and about half of all law and medical degrees. They lag behind only in science, technology and engineering.