How Indians view gender roles

07 March 2022

The latest report from the Pew Research Center features expert advice from the Faculty’s Professor Sriya Iyer. It has found traditional gender norms are still prevalent.

It shows how Indians View Gender Roles in Families and Society and indicates Indians accept women as political leaders, but many favour traditional gender roles in family life.

Today, most Indians say that women and men make equally good political leaders, and more than one-in-ten feel that women generally make better political leaders than men, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of nearly 30,000 adults throughout India. Only a quarter of Indian adults take the position that men make better political leaders than women.

Professor Iyer says “many Indians express egalitarian views toward some gender roles in the home. However, as the Pew Report demonstrates, when it comes to the reality, traditional gender norms are still prevalent, and hold a significant sway among large segments of the population.”

Read the full news feature on the Faculty of Economics site

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