The so called world’s most advanced democracy, the United Stated of America even after two centuries as an independent country is yet to have a woman for its top post, the President of USA.
India, the world’s largest democracy after just over half a century of Independence has nominated Pratibha Patil, a woman, for its highest constitutional post ‘The President of India’
For those who are not aware, the politically equivalent post in India for the ‘President of USA’ is not the ‘President of India’ but is the ’Prime Minister of India’. The Prime minister of India makes the actual political decisions and is more powerful than the President of India in the political decision making sense. India within 20 years of getting Independence had Indira Gandhi as its first woman Prime Minister! She was the Prime Minister of India for more than 15 Years!!
Let us go one level below – from the national level to the state level. Note that America has twice as many as states than India! More numbers mean more opportunities for woman. Not really, what matters first is the social mindset.
Let us see how many woman governors have been there in the American states. The first woman governor was selected for an American state after about one and a half centuries of American independence. In 1925 Nellie Taylo Ross became the first american woman governor for the state, Wyoming. Well, she won a special election to replace her deceased husband! The first woman who became the governor of a state in USA on her own might was Ella Grasso who became the governor of Connecticut in 1975, after almost two centuries of American Independence!
Sarojini Naidu became the first woman governor of an Indian state in 1947, right as soon as India got its Independence! She became the Governor of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh as soon as India became Independent! No waiting time for a woman to become a governor in India!
The equivalent post in India for a Governor’s post in USA is the ‘Chief Minister of a State’. Sucheta Kripalani became the first woman chief minister of India in 1963 when she became the chief minister of the India state of Uttar Pradesh. Note that India had its first woman Chief Minister within 15 years of its Independence, America took one and a half centuries for a woman governor! More importantly, Uttar Pradesh is the largest and most populous state of India!
India already has had over 13 woman chief ministers!! Just two years back there were five woman Chief Ministers in India at the same time!!
Girls in India who want to reach great political heights are more lucky than their couterparts in America :-)