# 100Women: How many women reach the Indian Parliament?


These figures were shocking. Even after sixteen Lok Sabha elections, women are seen marginalized in the politics of the country.

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263 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha has not been elected as a single woman MP till recently.
Gandhinagar of Gujarat, Gurujram of Haryana, Mysore of Karnataka, Ujjain of Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad of Telangana and Nalanda of Bihar are included in it.

Even in the North-East states where women’s status is considered better in society, their representation in politics is non-existent.

Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura state have not been elected as single woman MP.
Women MPs of Pune, Maharashtra, Ajmer in Rajasthan, Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala have been selected once.

There are 130 seats from where the women MPs have been elected only once, i.e. the repeated selection of women MPs from any Lok Sabha constituency is seen very little.
Seeing the figures from the first Lok Sabha in the year 1652 to the 16th Lok Sabha in 1952, only 15 seats are where women MPs have been elected more than five times.

Most of them are either a political party or they have been chosen as the dominant woman, like Sumitra Mahajan from Indore in Madhya Pradesh or Gita Mukherjee, a leftist leader from West Bengal’s Panskura.

Whether there is a reservation or a churn in the parties, the number of women MPs in the Lok Sabha will be very close to the proportion of their population.

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