Feminine Genius for a Just and Compassionate Society
Sexual difference is something that we notice first and remember always about a person, and the gender does make a difference in our thoughts, words, actions, and forms of life. The gender, however, often creates valorisation and hierarchy, in favour of men. Men have shown their superiority in physical strength, and treated women as tools and objects in developing and maintaining economical, social and political institutions. According to Gandhi, "Of all the evils for which man has made himself responsible, none is so degrading, so shocking or so brutal as his abuse of the better half of humanity to me, the female sex, not the weaker sex." In his view, "The world shall see it in all its wonder and glory when woman has secured an equal opportunity for herself with man and fully developed her powers of mutual aid and combination." Ambedkar was right when he said, "I measure the progress of a community by the degree progress which women have achieved.
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