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75 Years of Independence: Recording the political representation of women in India

Women For Politics

By Dipanita Malik
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India currently has eighty-one women as Members of the Parliament, two women as Cabinet Ministers, nine women as Union Ministers of State, three women as Governors, and one as Lieutenant Governor. Across states, there is only one woman Chief Minister – Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal. Recently, a woman was elected President of the Republic of India – Droupadi Murmu. Since 1950, the country has seen only two women Presidents, no woman Vice-President, and only one woman as a Prime Minister (elected twice in that position). 41 women have occupied Governor or Lieutenant Governors positions, against 796 men, since 1947.