Good things happen in India when women are in charge, Stephanie Nolen reports for the Toronto Globe & Mail.
The trouble is, that's too rarely the case.
New research has “found that teenage girls — and boys — in villages run by women come to believe that girls should stay in school longer, marry later, get jobs (that they choose themselves) and spend less time on domestic work — and the change was driven by the "role model effect," of seeing a woman exercise power, Nolen writes.
However, despite a law passed in the 1990s to reserve a third of the positions on village councils for women, in many cases men continue to buck the system by ruling from behind the scenes, according to another study.
Moreover, other forms of egregious inequality — class and caste — are still a mammoth obstacle for Indian villages.