CAPABILITY OF WOMEN IN DOMESTIC DECISION MAKING IN KERALA-
A STUDY FOCUSED ON RANNI, KERALA
Received: 17.09.2021; Revised: 26.10.2021, Accepted: 22.11.2021, Published Online: 14.12.2021
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, St.Thomas College Ranni, Kerala
Women and men are the two indispensable parts of a society. Men have extreme freedom in everyday life. Women perform a key role in their house and society. But she has certain limitations compared to men. These limits are the outcomes of patriarchal system followed by our society. Generally Indian society is a patriarchal form of culture and Kerala also follows this. Capacity of women in taking household decisions varies from state to state depending up on the socio economic and cultural conditions of the state. Kerala state is well-known about her high literacy rate, hygiene, gender equality etc. Are Kerala women truly enjoying freedom in all spheres of her life? This research is an enquiry about actual capacity of Kerala women in taking crucial decisions in her household and also tries to find out the limits of freedom to take such decisions. The major finding of this research is that women in Kerala have until now not enjoyed decision making freedom about financial matters and her own essential matters etc.
Key words: Financial independence, Gender roles, Gender equality, Women decision making