A recent report by the United Nations has stated that based on mortality figures, India is the world's most dangerous country to be born as a girl. This book presents a much-needed feminist-economics analysis of the status of females in India, combining empirical and theoretical analysis so as to evaluate and explain key ways in which Indian girls and women are faced with gender inequality during the course of their lives. The book explores sex selective abortion; the gender gap in child nutrition, mortality and morbidity; schooling, education, and child labour; health and fertility; women's labour market participation; violence against women; and married women's status in the household. The book will be key reading in areas including development economics, South Asian Studies, gender economics and women's studies.
Table of contents:
Introduction 1. Pre-Birth: Missing Girls and Sex Selective Abortion 2. Infancy and Childhood: Gender Gap in Nutrition, Vaccinations, Healthcare, and Child Mortality 3. Early and Late Adolescence: Education, School Enrolment, and Child Labor 4. Late Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Marriage, Family Planning, and Fertility 5. Adult Women and Labor Market Participation 6. Adult Women and Health 7. Women and Violence 8. Decision Making and Personal Freedom in Married Couples 9. New Metric of Female Status: Full Rights Realization Rate
Sanjukta Chaudhuri is an Associate Professor in the department of economics and a women's studies program affiliate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UW-Eau Claire), USA.