Prof.B.Ananda Naidu

“A Better Democracy is a Democracy where women do not have the right to vote and to elect to be elected”-Michele Bachelet

Democracy provides equality for all persons. But unfortunately, women are excluded from different walks of life more particularly in politics. UN observes that women constitute ‘World’s largest excluded category’. In order to achieve true democratic spirit, women should be ensured political participation. Women until the 20th century did not have the right to vote in many of the countries. American women are the first to start fighting for the right to vote. In most of the Western liberal democracies, women won voting rights after their continuous fight with the system. In India, the women have raised the issue of Universal Adult Franchise in the year 1917. The then the British Government granted the right to vote on the basis of marriage, property and education. The Indian Government Act of 1935 provided the right to vote for all women those who attained the age of 21 years who fulfilled the conditions of property and education. In 1950 the Indian Constitution was came into existence and it granted Universal Adult Franchise to all its citizens irrespective of religion, race, caste, sex, nativity, colour and creed

KEYWORDS: Democracy, Political participation, women representatives,property, education

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EPRA International Journal of Economic and Business Review(JEBR)

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Vol : 7
Issue : 2
Month : February
Year : 2019
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