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How Lives ChangePalanpur, India, and Development Economics$
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Himanshu, Peter Lanjouw, and Nicholas Stern

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806509.001.0001

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Possibilities and Constraints*

(p.379) 10 Women
How Lives Change


Peter Lanjouw

Nicholas Stern

Oxford University Press

This chapter documents the state and evolution of gender conditions and relations in Palanpur. The village has historically been a deeply patriarchal society where women had a very little role to play in public life. While many manifestations of striking gender inequality remain, some progress has been observed, particularly in recent years. Female education is showing some improvement, age at marriage is increasing, fertility is declining, and access to information, via mobile phones and television, is improving. Despite these encouraging signs, there remain enormous challenges. Domestic violence remains widespread; outcomes and relative strengths within the household are governed by the existence, or absence, of a fall-back position. Women’s employment opportunities in Palanpur remain extraordinarily limited. Further, a woman’s ability to reach her potential is still strongly linked to her social position in terms of class and caste.

Keywords:   gender inequality, age at marriage, fertility, domestic violence, women’s employment

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