Parliament has passed the historic Women’s Reservation Bill, which provides 33% reservation for women in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, thereby providing one of the biggest push for gender equality and women empowerment across India. Except for two, all MPs supported this bill, providing an overwhelming majority and support, seldom seen in India.
Although there are some controversial elements in the bill, that needs more debate and modifications in the future, but the passage of this bill is historical, and impactful, and will empower women across India to come forward, and participate in nation-building with full vigor and enthusiasm.
We asked women entrepreneurs and leaders, change makers about this development, and recorded their reactions.
Here are the highlights:
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw – Chairperson & Founder of Biocon Limited
“I think this is an important event. I do hope that we get unanimous passage of the bill in the Lok Sabha becasue I think this is the reservation bill that was long long needed, long long overdue. And in the times we live in – when we talk about women’s empowerment, gender inclusivity and various other aspects of gender equity – women’s reservation bill is long needed and much needed. I welcome it”
Prabhash Nirbhay, Founder & Director, Flipcarbon
In our maiden ‘Women in Leadership’ report launched in September 2023, we highlighted the under-representation of women across academia, corporations and the shift in mindset needed to bring equal representation. Women make up half of the world’s population and are a formidable force with immense capabilities and unique perspectives, and yet they do not get equal opportunities as men do. Imagine this – why does a woman alone need to take a parental leave and take care of the baby, when the man can take work trips? We need to make a fundamental shift across policies, governance, the way we deploy these policies and unintended bias.
As Sheryl Sandberg once said, “In the future there will be no female leaders, there will just be leaders” and this needs a shift in mindset in men, and women.
In this context, The Women Reservation Bill is an affirmative step, and will encourage academia, corporations and societies to follow suit. However, the government also needs to revisit its approach to women and their career across other statutes, right from the factories act to parental benefits act.
Shruti Agrawal, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
“An historic step, the Women’s Reservation Bill is India’s second tryst with destiny.
It is belated yet welcome as evidenced by the huge majority with which it was passed.
Yet amidst the euphoria, one needs to pause and introspect that it doesn’t become a caricature of the original idea through the practice of Puppet Women Pradhans or the unwholesome concept of Pradhan Pati
The delay of four years in enactment can be a blessing in disguise in that , these years can be used to incubate and nurture women leaders of the next decade.
The 21st century is India’s century and the success of this landmark legislation depends on preparing women for roles in governance via training programs for the masses through symposia at Academic institutions, coherent communication of the important of this step and enabling involvement by women.”
Rachita Kasliwal, Co- Founder of Medyseva
Empowering women transcends merely providing them a place at the decision-making table; it signifies creating an environment where their voices resound with influence, their ideas are met with respect, and their accomplishments are widely acknowledged. The Women’s Reservation Bill represents a significant stride towards achieving this overarching objective. It not only seeks to address gender disparities but also fosters a more inclusive and diverse society where women leaders, entrepreneurs, and change-makers can not only participate but flourish. This initiative ignites the potential for a brighter future, where the full spectrum of talent and perspectives contributes to progress for all.
Pallavi Singh Marwah, VP of Super Plastronics Pvt. Ltd.
“I’m absolutely thrilled about the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill. By reserving one-third of parliamentary seats for women, this legislation empowers women to shape the nation’s future. It’s not just about gender equality, it’s about giving women the rightful space to influence our nation’s direction. I genuinely believe that this change will bring tremendous benefits to both women and our country, by tapping into the rich diversity of perspectives and talents that women bring to the table.”
Tanul Mishram CEO Afthonia Pvt ltd
Women have made a lot of progress in society in the last few decades. The women’s reservation bill is one transformative step that ensures representation of half the population and provides necessary impetus not only in shaping up women’s role in development of the society but also in making India as one of the top three super powers soon.
Adetee Agarwaal – Founder, PinkAprons
The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a monumental moment for our nation. It signifies a significant stride towards inclusivity and gender balance in India’s political arena, a change that resonates with our core values at PinkAprons. We firmly believe that diverse perspectives lead to innovation and progress. With more women in leadership positions, we anticipate a more equitable society where every citizen’s voice is heard and valued. This historic development emboldens us to continue our commitment to promoting diversity, both within our team and through the diverse cuisines we offer. It’s a proud day for India!
Ranjana Kumar – Director of Centre for Social Research
The right time to do the right thing in history is now, and today marks a historic moment for Indian women. But, this should not end in a political announcement.
The All India Democratic Women’s Association, All India Mahila Sanskritik Sangathan and All India Progressive Women’s Association
The government must ensure the discussion on the bill is held in a democratic manner, and the opinion of women’s organizations is taken into consideration.
Sakshi Bhayana, Advocate for Central Govt
As a female advocate, I firmly support the bill for 33 percent reservation of women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. This progressive measure aligns with diversity, inclusivity and equal representation in politics. It not only empowers women in decision-making but also reinforces our dedication to social justice and a more inclusive democracy.
Neeta Anna, Poet , Motivational Speaker
What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?” — Jack Kerouac, the American Novelist and poet quoted in one of his writings. The woman of India had dreams and aspirations and knew how to go about it, but the Patriarchal society seldom let them achieve heights. With the Woman’s Reservation Bill, it is the step in the right direction. This Bill has opened avenues for the woman to achieve her aspirations of being in the governing post. I sincerely hope that this Bill would be acted upon in the already available Census without any further delay. My heartiest congratulations to all women who would be future administrators and my deepest gratitude to all the parliamentarians who voted in favour of the Bill.
Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director of MBD Group & AASOKA
“I stand in awe of the Women’s Reservation Bill that champions female representation in our Parliament. It breathes life into the very essence of inclusivity by empowering women’s voices from diverse backgrounds and giving them an equitable platform in our political environment. The government is standing on the right side of history, and I look forward to a swift and seamless implementation of this new policy.
As a female entrepreneur myself, I wholeheartedly empathise with the obstacles that women face while tackling gender inequality and discrimination every day. Now, each woman is stepping into the halls of power will aim to add their unique perspective to the existing governance strategy, nurturing a future where every voice is not only heard but also acknowledged. This is the right step towards fostering a balanced society!”
Nikita Vora, Automation Coach and Digital Marketing Consultant
“Supporting the Women’s Reservation Bill is crucial for gender equality in politics and empowering women entrepreneurs. Increased female representation, specific legislation addressing entrepreneurship challenges, and inspiring future leaders are all key benefits. Diverse points of view result in balanced policies that promote innovation and economic growth. It promotes fair competition and enhances India’s global standing. This boosts the entrepreneurship ecosystem by addressing concerns such as financial access and developing talent. In simple terms, the measure strengthens women both economically and politically, creating an inclusive climate for corporate growth and connecting with the goal of women succeeding throughout industries, including entrepreneurship.”
Mrs. Tina Mittal, Director, NOVA Formworks
Women’s Reservation Bill in the Indian Parliament is important because it seeks to address historical gender imbalances in political representation. While the ultimate goal should always be to provide equal opportunities based on merit rather than gender, there are systemic barriers that have hindered women’s participation in politics.
This bill aims to create a more level playing field by reserving a certain percentage of seats for women in Parliament. It recognizes that, despite progress in many areas, women still face unique challenges when it comes to entering politics due to social, cultural, and economic factors.
While the ideal scenario would be a world where men and women compete on an equal footing, the reality is that women have been underrepresented in politics for too long. The Women’s Reservation Bill can serve as a catalyst for change, encouraging more women to participate in the political process, have their voices heard, and contribute to shaping the nation’s future. It’s not about favoring one gender over another but about rectifying historical disparities and ensuring that all voices, regardless of gender, are represented in the decision-making process.
Dr Sujata Sharma, Professor – AIIMS , Author, Youtuber
“Empowering women isn’t just a movement, it’s a transformative force. The passing of the Women Reservation Bill represents a monumental step towards achieving gender equality and empowering women. By breaking down barriers and providing a platform for women’s voices, this step has transformed our democracy into a more inclusive and representative system. The passing of the Women Reservation Bill has created a future where women will fully participate and contribute to shaping our society. By increasing women’s political representation, this legislation has enhanced their voice in policy formulation and decision-making processes, leading to a more comprehensive and positive society.
Sujatha Kshirsagar – President & Chief Business Officer, Career Launcher
“I believe this bill is an imperfect yet very important development that mandates 33 percent reservation for women in Lok Sabha, the state legislative assemblies, and the Delhi assembly. I would call it imperfect because the bill was long pending and even after much delay only one-third of seats have been reserved for women. In addition, with factors such as delimitation built into it, this looks still far from coming into effect. Nevertheless, this is a historical and impactful bill that will empower women across the country in several sectors or industries like education and healthcare. Post this development, there will be debates and modifications in the bill in the future, but the best thing to note here is the resilience and perseverance that went into making this bill a success. This bill was long overdue but it has been finally approved and that is the golden moment in which women leaders should rejoice. The focus should be on the future now and the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’ or Women Reservation Bill 2023 will pave a long way to transfer more power to women lawmakers. Another good thing to observe is that in the future, there will be no more ‘female leaders’, but just ‘leaders’ and this shift needs to come as early as possible. While we rejoice over the bill, there should be a rational mindset or a ‘good sense’ to implement this bill as any immediate implementation would create friction. So, the best thing would be to sensitize the larger public and our media can play a significant role here. We have to celebrate virtues like the patience and humility of a woman amid this development and not rush towards an overnight change.”
Aarti Ahuja, Founder -Tatava Studio
The Women’s Reservation Bill is a welcome step. Advocacy of women in the corporate and privately led enterprises is a holistic approach being done but not exactly in practice, that has been the need of the hour across industries. As a practicing Psychologist and COO of Burn Healing Foundation, I believe the bill puts forth the radical equality that various individuals are building in changing times. The new age society is of conscious awareness and women leading with such support at the helm of the system can change the mentality. This will be the shift in hypocritical thinking and put everyone to be more forthcoming individuals in action. With women building up each other, society and culture to form a united thought process that is towards responsible and accountable individuals who are focused on growth financial and social in a balanced manner.
Shraddha Subramanian- Intuition Expert and Business Coach, Founder and CEO of Sparkling Soul
Women bring empathy, inclusiveness, openness, courage, intuitive side to the table which are important ingredients for success. Having women as driving force in leadership roles, member of boards and now at a level of change makers, completely shifts the paradigm making it more expansive and relatable to the wider audience.
It’s great to have more women on board but do we really need to wait for any bill to pass before declaring it’s a space of empowerment.
We all are born powerful and the empowerment is within, and the moment we realize it for ourselves, we would be creating more wonders. There are many brilliant examples like Savitribai Phule, Ahilya Bai Holkar in that era and Sudha Murthy in this era. Earlier, the women were not allowed to study but today the education industry is full of female teachers. That’s the shift we must acknowledge & I welcome the bill.
Mrs. Viranica Manchu, Founder & Director of New York Academy
“Today, the world is taking notice of India’s strides toward a women-led economy. Even on the global stage, at the G20 summit, world leaders have come together to support India’s dedicated efforts. India has moved beyond the mere concept of women’s development or empowerment. India has firmly embraced the Prime Minister’s vision that women-led development, rather than women’s development alone, is intricately linked to the nation’s progress. The ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’ presents a unique opportunity to lead from the forefront, illuminating the path towards a brighter and more inclusive future. This legislation ensures that the voices of Indian women are heard and signifies a monumental shift in how society perceives women in leadership roles. It goes beyond mere statistics, fostering diverse perspectives, nurturing empathy, and building a more equitable nation. While certain aspects of the legislation may warrant discussion and refinement, its transformative potential cannot be denied.
Thanks to this legislation, women entrepreneurs, leaders, and change-makers are now empowered to actively contribute to nation-building. The nation stands ready to infuse our passion, innovation, and resilience into policies that uplift all segments of society. Together, woman can rise, prosper, and leave an indelible mark on the nation’s remarkable journey.
At New York Academy, we are deeply committed to imparting not only academic excellence but also the values of embracing diversity and promoting equality for all. This aligns with the broader goal of nurturing well-rounded individuals who can contribute positively to society
Sneha Choudhry, Co-founder and CBO of Zolostays
The Women’s Reservation Bill marks a significant step towards achieving gender parity in leadership roles, fostering diversity and inclusivity in decision-making. Empowering women in politics is a giant stride towards a more equitable society, where women’s voices are heard and acted upon. This legislation can pave the way for a brighter future, where women leaders can drive positive change across industries.”
Nidhi Jain, Co-founder – Fitspire
The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a victory for all Indians who believe in democracy and gender equality. It will help to break down the barriers that have prevented women from participating fully in public life and create a more equitable society for all.
Nimisha J Vadakkan, Managing Director, Acemoney
As a women entrepreneur, I wholeheartedly welcome the historic Women’s Reservation Bill, which provides 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. The overwhelming support it received from nearly all MPs is a remarkable moment for gender equality and women’s empowerment in India. This legislation not only recognizes the potential of women leaders but also ensures their voices are heard in decision-making, promising a more inclusive and equitable governance. It is an inspiring step that will encourage more women to participate in politics and, as a businesswoman, I believe it will also create a more favorable environment for women entrepreneurs, leading to positive changes in our society and economy.
Neelima Kamrah , Principal KIIT World School , Gurugram
The Women’s Reservation Bill,the proposed legislation, known as the Constitution (One Hundred and Eighth Amendment) Bill of 2008,
Key Points of this bill are :
The bill proposes to reserve 33% of the total seats in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) and State Legislative Assemblies for women.The bill includes a rotation system to ensure that the reserved seats are distributed fairly among different constituencies over time.
It is seen as a means to address the gender disparity in Indian politics and to empower women in decision-making roles.
Minu Alias, Founder, Leaders and Ladders International Autism School
“Supporting the women reservation bill is not just about promoting gender equality, but also recognizing the immense potential and entrepreneurial spirit that women bring to the table. Empowering women in politics is the first step towards creating a society where women entrepreneurs can thrive and contribute to the nation’s growth.”
Hinah Sawhney, Co-founder – Fitspire
Women’s Reservation is a historic step towards gender equality and democracy in India. It will give women a voice at the highest levels of government and help to create a more just and inclusive society.
Vandana S Ahuja, ICF Coach, Executive Director – Metamorph Dynamics Consulting
The Women’s Reservation Bill in India is a monumental leap towards gender equality and inclusive governance. It’s a resounding declaration that women’s voices MATTER! Women must be actively involved in shaping the nation’s future. As we break down these barriers, we embrace a future of wholesome collective wisdom regardless of gender, contributing to more informed and equitable decision-making.
By ensuring that women occupy at least one-third of seats in the legislative bodies, the bill paves the way for a more representative and enriched democracy. It empowers women to be decision-makers and role models inspiring future generations.
A society’s progress is intrinsically linked to the inclusion and empowerment of all its members. The Women’s Reservation Bill doesn’t just benefit women; it enriches the entire nation. It fosters diversity of thought, enhancing policymaking and strengthens the foundation of a more equitable society. It’s not just a bill; it’s a powerful stride forward towards an egalitarian India.
Rashmi Mandloi, Co Founder of Leadup Universe
Ensuring the 33% women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a historic moment that will be cherished as the first important step in empowering women in India. Importantly, this historic decision will pave the way for making business ecosystems more friendly for Women Entrepreneurs in the coming times. As the participation of women in legislative assemblies increases, I am hopeful that lawmakers will look more closely into the need for creating special support systems for women entrepreneurs across the industrial sectors. I expect this bill will help in securing more financial aid for women-led enterprises, dedicating segments with a focus on women-led startups, and offering mentorship and consultancy support for women-led business ventures. In sum, the new Bill is a right step in the right direction and will prove instrumental in strengthening the spirit of enterprise among women entrepreneurs going forward.
Ms. Priya Prakash, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Eco Pallet
This is indeed significant, a historic statement about belief in the ability, talent and capacity of Indian Women to Lead and rule. It knows that gender must never be a hindrance for women in the top corridors of decisions. But women, almost 50% of India’s population, should have the right to shape their own fate.
This bill is much more than simply the law; it’s a symbol of light and strength. It stands as a testament to the relentless work of countless women who have campaigned for equality, evidence of the fact that when women are in positions of leadership, societies do not just survive but thrive. Furthermore, it supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which emphasises India’s efforts towards attaining gender parity.
We honour this milestone, welcoming a future of a more diverse political environment in which women can govern, make laws, and serve as models of leadership. It is an achievement of a moment of honour for the society & a step forward to a better, equal future for all of its civilians, irrespective of their gender!
In short — India enacted a law which gives Indian women more say in governing this country. It’s a major move towards gender parity in India.
Dr Prabhjot Kaur- Co founder Esmito
Passing of the Women reservation bill is a milestone in the history of India. A long awaited bill coming close to reality, but with implementation plans five years down the line looks like the candy shown with warning note “not to be eaten”. Women with equal right to vote and being a pillar to every family need to represent an equal and dominant voice In assembly also. This is also an opportunity to play an important role in policy making specially pertaining to socially impacting issues like women safety, women representation in the workforce and more. The implementation of the bill is promising to bring balanced decisions for a balanced democratic society to take the nation forward. This is a good motivation to every woman giving a push to make a difference in society through their respective skill sets.
Ms.Nehal Gupta is the Director of AMU Leasing Pvt. Ltd
The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill is a watershed moment in our country’s history and democracy. The decision is a big leap towards women’s empowerment in the political landscape, which has the potential to trigger a ripple effect across all segments of society and our economy. With more deserving women in leading positions, India should anticipate a more equitable society where the voice of every individual is heard and opinions valued. The landmark bill is a progressive stance toward promoting inclusivity in our society, and I am keen to witness the longstanding impact it could have on women and if it could promote more women-centric policies in the future. Offering women the right to more visibility and representation in the political forefront is a great initiative that could pave the way for the marginalized community to emerge as decision-makers in influential positions that shape India’s future economy. The corporate and academic world should take a cue from this and provide deserving women the opportunity to lead and thrive as entrepreneurs and leaders.
Shilpa Arora, COO and Co-Founder, Insurance Samadhan
“Undoubtedly this Bill is a fundamental shift and represents a huge step forward for not just women’s empowerment but also the future of our country. Increasing women’s reservation in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies was long overdue and highly anticipated. Hence, the bill is definitely a much-needed push to increase the representation of women in decision-making processes beyond politics. This historic move will encourage corporations and societies to step out of the traditional mold and foster a broader perspective on placing women in decisive roles. We are hopeful the bill will pass successfully and emerge as a cornerstone for promoting gender equality and diversity in top leadership positions. A decision in favour of the bill could have a profound and unfathomable impact on India and its major sectors. Rest assured it will encourage more women to come forward and take charge as leaders contributing towards nation-building, and inspiring the younger generation to dream big.”
Nupuur Patil ,Nutritionist, Nupuur Patil Fitness
“For several compelling reasons, (Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam) Women Reservation Bill 2023 ensuring 33% women’s reservation in the lower house (Lok Sabha) of the Indian parliament and state legislative assemblies is like a fresh breeze of mistral after a long night.
This bill has given women an opportunity to flourish and show their talent. Women should also put themselves first at home when they take care of everyone first and they put themselves last; they have to understand that if they do not take care of themselves, they cannot take care of their family. Their sexual health, mental health, physical health should be of utmost priority.
Under male-dominated Indian politics, this bill promises to usher in a new era where powerful nari’s voice and perspective will play a pivotal role in opening new frontiers of inclusive growth and development for India.
Thanks to the policymakers of India who supported this bill in the parliament. With women at the helm, voicing their voices from the point of strength, this will definitely help India become a more equitable society.”
Ms. Pritika Singh, CEO at Prayag Hospitals Group
“The recent passage of the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,’ also known as the Women’s Reservation Bill, in the Indian Parliament is truly a remarkable moment for our country. This bill aims to set aside 33% of seats in the Lok Sabha, state legislative assemblies, and the Delhi assembly for women. It’s an important step towards fairness and empowerment, recognizing the vital role women play in our nation’s development.
What’s even more inspiring is that this bill received overwhelming support from members of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, highlighting the widespread agreement on the need for better gender representation in politics. After being pending for more than 25 years, its passage during a special session of Parliament demonstrates the government’s dedication to gender equality.
The reservation will take effect after adjustments are made based on the first census figures, promising a more inclusive and fair political system. The Women’s Reservation Bill signifies India’s progress in harnessing the potential of its ‘Nari Shakti’ – the strength of women – in shaping a brighter future for our nation.”
Nupur Garg – Founder at Winpe
Gender is a top-down agenda. The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill by the Indian parliament sends a strong signal, especially in acknowledging the importance of diversity in leadership, governance and decision making. It also creates far-reaching positive influences in the socio-economic fabric of the country that can shatter many existing stereotypes and pave the way for empowered women across the landscape. The challenge is that this is an output quota and how political parties nurture women leaders still remains to be seen. Also, in a country with women forming almost half the population, why are we aiming for just 33% representation?
Neelam Agarwaal, Chairman – FoodGinie
As an entrepreneur, I see this bill as a beacon of hope and progress. Empowering women in politics not only fosters equality but also sets an inspiring example for the business world. Gender diversity leads to richer perspectives, better decision-making, and a more inclusive society. I’m excited to witness this historic change and look forward to its ripple effects in the entrepreneurial landscape. Let’s celebrate this momentous step towards a brighter, more equitable India.
Ms. Kajal Malik, Co-Founder and CBO of PickMyWork
The approval of the 128th Constitution Amendment Bill, which reserves one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women, is a monumental victory for gender equality in India. It signifies a crucial step towards empowering women in the political sphere and fostering their participation in nation-building. This historic bill not only addresses the glaring gender disparity in legislative bodies but also paves the way for enhanced women’s participation in policymaking. By increasing the representation of women in Parliament and state assemblies, it ensures that the diverse perspectives and concerns of half of India’s population are taken into account when shaping laws and policies. Moreover, this victory has the potential to fuel women’s entrepreneurship and bolster the Indian economy. With increased political representation, women can advocate for policies that promote gender-inclusive economic growth. This includes better access to resources, education, healthcare, and financial opportunities for women. It can subsequently lead to the creation of a more supportive environment for women to start and grow businesses, ultimately contributing to economic development”
Swati Srivastava – Founder & CEO of Proodos Consulting
The Women Reservation bill marks a historic triumph in the quest for gender equality. As a woman entrepreneur and the founder of Proodos Consulting, diversity and inclusion have always been our core principles, not just abstract ideals. This bill will open doors for outstanding talents to receive the recognition and backing they rightfully deserve in Parliament. I firmly endorse the Women Reservation Bill as a constructive stride toward forging a more equitable and inclusive society, and it embodies our collective efforts to construct a stronger, just, and prosperous future for all.
Pooja Sodhi, Co-Founder of Combonation
As an entrepreneur, I’m thrilled to see the introduction of the Women’s Reservation Bill. This is a significant step towards achieving gender equality in political representation. It offers women a fair chance to contribute their voices and ideas to the legislative process, which is long overdue. When women’s perspectives are included in decision-making, it benefits not only women but society as a whole. It sets a powerful example for young girls, encouraging them to aspire to leadership roles. I believe this bill has the potential to drive positive changes in our political landscape, fostering a more inclusive and diverse democracy.
Neha Bahri, Founder, Bconnect Communications
In a landmark moment, the Indian Parliament has approved the Women’s Reservation Bill, ushering in a new era of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This historic legislation mandates a 33% reservation for women in both the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, making it one of the most significant steps towards inclusivity and representation in Indian politics.
The passage of this bill represents a resounding victory for women’s rights advocates, activists, and champions of gender equality across the nation. It reflects India’s commitment to ensuring that women have a strong voice in shaping the country’s future.
This long-awaited legislation addresses a glaring disparity in Indian politics, where women have been historically underrepresented. With this bill, India sends a powerful message that it recognizes and values the immense contributions and potential of its women.
The Women’s Reservation Bill is not just a legal milestone; it’s a symbol of progress and inclusivity. It paves the way for more diverse perspectives, ideas, and solutions in governance. It’s a testament to the tireless efforts of those who have fought for equality and serves as an inspiration for future generations.
As India celebrates this historic achievement, it reaffirms its commitment to the principles of justice, equality, and gender empowerment. The Women’s Reservation Bill is a monumental step forward in building a fairer and more representative democracy, ensuring that the voices of Indian women are heard and respected at the highest levels of government says
Dr Aditi Swaroop, VP, Calibr.AI
The approval of this bill is a resounding testament to our nation’s dedication to women’s empowerment and gender inclusivity. It’s a historic and heartening moment, recognizing women’s rights in India and ensuring a fair chance for countless capable women to run for our nation’s highest legislative office. Their invaluable perspectives will enrich our democracy with diverse voices and experiences.
Meadha Batra, Data Science Leader, Sapient
The passing of the Women’s Reservation bill yesterday is undoubtedly a critical lever towards gender equality, which is primarily about creating a world where every individual can contribute to society without being limited by their gender. It’s a vision of a more equitable and just world that benefits everyone. In a nutshell, these strong and empowering decisions by the government promote social progress and enrich the human experience by harnessing the full potential of every individual.
Payal Singh, Director , Atithi Voyages
Men and Women Don’t Compete With Each Other , They Compliment Each Other . A Perfect World Would be Where No one needs Empowerment , No one needs A Reservation, cause there would be Equal opportunities for all and No obstacles against any specific Group of People in the Society . But we don’t Live in a Perfect World , a recent study shows that at the current pace it will take appx 131 years for the world to achieve Gender Equality , Mind you – World and not just India , which could probably mean India may take way longer . As per this thought process , Women’s Reservation Bill is a Wonderful step in achieving Equality . The passing of this Bill proves the Govt’s True intention to bridge this gap as soon as possible. The only thing to be careful about , that positions shouldn’t be filled by women , simply cause of the gender . If truly capable women in every field, step up and take up these positions , they can contribute to the Nation’s growth.
Komal Seth, Founder, Linkin Rep’s
As India nears its next major general election, a landmark bill has been passed in Lok Sabha – the reservation for women parliamentarians. This follows quotas passed for women’s participation in local legislation at the grassroots (panchayat) level. While quotas are definitely drivers of change, it will be equally compelling for parties to identify, groom and give tickets to women candidates. As with any policy, it’s fantastic to initiate a change, but following through and implementing this progressive quota effectively will occur when each party becomes an agent of change.
Tanya Koak, Educationist
“This is one historic moment for empowering women in the largest democracy of the world. This bill will give more decision making power at the national level and will encourage women to voice their opinions with confidence and dignity.
It would definitely bring diverse perspectives and issues to the forefront of political discourse, leading to more comprehensive and inclusive policymaking. Women in positions of power can serve as role models, inspiring other women and girls to pursue leadership roles, which can have a cascading effect on society. It recognizes that achieving gender equality requires structural changes, including political representation which is definitely evident by this decision.
Anu Chadha, Founder , MD – 3A global
One important aspect of WEP (Woman empowerment principles ) is committment to gender equality , woman led development especially in terms of women’s political leadership.
The woman reservation bill passed in lok sabha is a historic decision and very welcome . It has set a spark amongst woman . Sustainability is a buzz word today and passing this bill is representation for women’s sustained empowerment, I am really hoping it gets done timely.
Geetika Malik, Founder – Geetika Interiors and Hospitality Pvt. Ltd
“I am not particularly ecstatic about the passing of the WRB, for two reasons:
One, it will make no difference to the average Jane in India. There are two types of women here: the Indian Woman and the Bharat ki Nari. The former has progressed somewhat, having given us Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Corporate honchos, civil servants. But the latter has remained stuck in a time warp consisting, in equal measure, of patriarchy, sexual exploitation, female infanticide and societal deprivation. The WRB is not going to change that, for the simple reason that its benefits will be cornered by the same privileged Indian Woman, or the wives of established politicians who will function as rubber stamps of their husbands. As in the Panchayats, women’s reservation has been in existence for quite a few years, but has changed nothing for them.
Secondly, the present bill is a post-dated cheque against which the Govt will take an advance from the Vote Bank, and default on the cheque at payment time. By linking it to the next census and the delimitation exercise, the government has ensured that the reservations cannot take effect for at least a decade. As per the Constitution, delimitation can happen only AFTER THE FIRST CENSUS AFTER 2026. The next census is due in 2031 as per current cycle. Delimitation may never happen at all even if this Census is carried out (remember, the govt. scrapped the 2021 Census), as it will result in lowering the representation of states where population control has worked, especially the five southern states; they will resist it with all their might. The WRB will get caught up in this controversy and will never see the light of day.
Having said that, the passage of the bill is indeed a step forward in the direction of uplifting of women in India.”
Sameera Satija, Founder ‘Crockery Bank for Everyone’ and MD – TRASH Zero Waste Consultancy Services
“Women’s Reservation Bill 2023 which proposes to Reserve 33% of seats in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for women is a significant push to the idea of gender equality and gender equity.
Though Women Reservation Bill in political landscape is going to boost up the chances of improvement in every sector, it is particularly more significant in strengthening Climate action and environmental sustainability as women leaders are more inclined to ratify environment treaties and adopt policies which effectively address climate change”
Anupama Jain, Author, Founder – SeniorSchoolMoms
“While the intent is noble the devil is in the detail.
With no binding timelines – Census exercise followed by delimitation could take years – it’s difficult to exult in an election season at a well-meaning promise. Plus will deep-rooted patriarchy give way to new reigns?
However the recent Panchayat research showed, that reservation empowered women.
India is blessed with a huge resource of skilled and driven women. Mangalyaan, Chandranyaan and Aditya L1 are shining examples.
Hope hence floats about how democracy could get kickstarted with a greater representation of women telling our stories.
Quick and efficient implementation is the key.”
Dr. Parita Pandya Shah, Co-founder of Click2Cure ,ENT & Cancer surgeon
“It is high time for equality and representation in every sphere of our great nation.” Though the bill will not commence from 2024 election but at least passing of this bill bring so much of hope in every section, every organization and passing a strong message to country that if we really want to develop 5 trillion economy then woman has to be empowered in every way. This bill is bringing smiles to countless women and ensuring their voices are heard.
KamalJeet Kaur, Founder Her Blend Teas
“As a female entrepreneur myself, I see it as heroic and historic step forward for women of india towards their inclusive and equitable participation in forming laws that govern their lives and issues.
In our patriarch society, power will flow from the women in parliament to all women across the country Inspiring and encouraging them to step up and realize their dreams. This would bring forward more women entrepreneurs contributing towards economic growth of the nation along with their own financial independence.”
Neha Sharma, HR, Reserve Bank of India
“Being a woman , i am glad that this bill has been passed. A need which was felt for a long time. Women make up almost 50 % of the population, still representation is low. Hope this bill will help women empowerment in a true way. just a thought that I hope this bill like other bills may not remain a law which has become defunct. I am looking forward to a day when I can say proudly say that I don’t need reservation. I wish good luck to all my community and the community of the opposite side. Just like old sanskrit phrase”” “Yatra naryastu pujyante ramante tatra Devata”. which means Women are honored where, divinity blossoms there.”
Seema Rekha, MD, Antarmanh Consulting
“The unanimous voting in favor of the women reservation bill is a reflection of progressive and futuristic india.
By 2030, India is forecast to be the third-largest economy in the world, behind only the U.S. and China. A country will prosper more when women join the workforce.Between 2018 to 2020, India recorded a gender ratio of approximately 907 women to every one thousand men.
Women empowerment can not be visualized without creating pathways for opportunities.
This reservation bill shall open ample opportunities for women from every walk of life.
It shall help Indian women to break the glass ceiling by changing the general mindset of seeing women’s work as a standby or emergency measure.”
Shiva Rawat, Founder, Dhiyoh Studio
Reserving 33% seats for women in the temples of democracy is a momentous milestone in the nations journey towards gender equality and political empowerment. This legislation acknowledges the vital role women play in shaping the countries future and will ensure their active participation in decision making processes. This bill will pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable society where women’s voices are valued, paving way for progressive policy changes and social progress.
Vamini Sethi, Director – BRM , MarshMcLennan
“The passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha marks a significant milestone for gender equality and women’s empowerment in India. This historic development, has been long overdue and it is undeniably a step in the right direction.
This bill has the potential to empower women to step up and be more visible and active in the political arena as well as various other sectors. With the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in Parliament the focus should shift to actual implementation of the same so that we can see at least 33% women in parliament.
In the meantime we can all celebrate this milestone and thank those who laid the path so far to work towards a more inclusive and equitable future for India.”
Garima Garg, Change Maker – Mental Health & Marketing Professional – Accenture
When women have access to education and economic resources, they are better equipped to make choices about their lives and contribute to their communities’ well-being. The passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill has not only led to fairness around the most pressing issues running in society today like women’s empowerment and gender equality but it is also about maximizing human potential and fostering a more inclusive society for everyone. In essence, passing this bill is not just about leveling the playing field; rather it is about recognizing the inherent worth and potential of every individual and creating a society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and contribute their unique strengths.
Shipra Gupta, World record holder, Travel influencer
“We have miles to go, but this is one of the milestones.
The Women’s Reservation Bill is a stepping stone where women become empowered to be chaired on the supreme body of decision-making in India. It is a significant, long-awaited bill. In 2021, women represented less than 11% of Parliament members and an average of 9% in all state legislative assemblies. With an increased presence of women in these positions, it will provide a platform for addressing the myriad challenges faced by women across societal, psychological, and economic dimensions—from within their homes to embarking on entrepreneurial journeys and many more.
This bill is important because where women face the challenges and taboo to place their equal foot, it will open an opportunity door for them in politics and be a part of decision-makers where females were set on very little representation and break free, but they will have the chance of representing their chance. Now the voice will be heard with this bill. A changemaker moves for generations.”
Neha Gupta, Founder, GainBooks
The women’s reservation bill is a historic step for gender equality and empowerment in India. It will give women more voice and representation in policy-making, and inspire more women to join politics and public service. The government should implement this bill without delay or dilution, and ensure reservation for women from marginalized communities. This bill will mark the beginning of a new era of Nari Shakti in India, and pave the way for more reforms and initiatives for women’s rights and dignity. It will also create a positive impact on the electoral democracy and the socio-economic status of women in the country. It will foster a culture of inclusion and diversity, and challenge the stereotypes and biases that limit women’s potential.
Monica Jasuja, Startup Advisor, Board Member, Fintech
“I believe that the Women’s Reservation Bill is a significant step towards achieving gender equality and empowering women in leadership roles.
The bill will provide women with equal opportunities to participate in politics and decision-making processes, which will have a positive impact on society as a whole.
Research has shown that increasing the number of women in leadership positions can lead to better business outcomes, including increased profitability and innovation. By providing women with equal representation in politics, we can also encourage more women to participate in the workforce and take on leadership roles. This will help address the issue of low female workforce participation rates in India.
The Women’s Reservation Bill is an important step towards creating a more inclusive and diverse society that values the contributions of women and ensures their rightful place in policy, governance and leadership”