Largest number of women in 16th Lok Sabha
The 16th Lok Sabha will have the highest number of women members ever in the history of the country.
With as many as 61 women members declared elected yesterday to the 543-member House, women have a lot to cheer about as it is the first time ever that so many of them will sit in the Lower House after having fought for the seat in the just concluded one-month-long polls.
In the last Lok Sabha elected in 2009 there were only 58 women members. Women leaders and activists, however, said that they were disatisfied with this small increase and their ongoing fight for the 33 per cent reservation will continue.
According to the PRS Legislative Research, first Lok Sabha in 1952 had only 5 per cent women. The lowest-ever was in 1977 with only 4 per cent. So far the percentage of women in the House had hovered between 4 to 11.3 per cent, the highest in the current House.
Among the women members elected are veterans Sonia Gandhi and Sushma Swaraj, film stars Hema Malini and Kiron Kher, first timers Meenakshi Lekhi and Poonam Mahajan.
(Posted on 17-05-2014)