Women At The Front

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Also known as “The Abode of Clouds”, Meghalaya lies in the north-eastern hills of India, and its East Khasi Hills district is the home to an Austro-Asiatic family of the human race, the Khasis.

One unique characteristic of the Khasi tribe is their matrilineal system of society – a feature which we hardly get to see anywhere else in the world. When most states of India are busy shunning the girl child, Meghalaya is the only state that is holding a beacon of hope by putting the female on a strong pedestal of society.

Compared to the rest of India, women here are comparatively safer and command respect. Here a girl child is not considered a burden but is treated with equal status as the male child in both rural and urban societies.

Many of these women look after their own interest and earn their livelihood with great success. They are the provider for their families. They are the ones going to office, or setting up shops. Not just doctors and teachers, or any other indoor job, but from fishing in the lakes to chopping wood in the forests, they do not rely on the male to carry out any of these tasks. Be it crop farming or vegetation plantation, they are capable of doing it all.

In Meghalaya, women enjoy great freedom and independence. And hence, one can conclude that women’s emancipation is evident in all its glory in Meghalaya’s unique women centric society.

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“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task,
since it consists principally in dealing with men.”
~ Joseph Conrad

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“You educate a man; you educate a man.
You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

~ Brigham Young

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“A woman whose smile is open and
whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty
no matter what she wears.”

~ Anne Roiphe

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“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode
but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
the passion that she shows.
The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”
~ Audrey Hepburn

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“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
because that is the doorway to her heart,
the place where love resides.”
~ Audrey Hepburn

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“The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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