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India

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House of the People

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theCouncil of States

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Om Birla (Male)
Year of birth
1962
Additional information
Elected on 19 June 2019.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Snehlata Shrivastava (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
Appointed on 1st Dec. 2017.

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
464
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
78
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
14.39% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
51.00
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Chandrani Murmu (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
88
Oldest member
Shri Shafiqur Rahman Barq (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
102 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
402 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
432 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
72 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
4 See historical data for this field.
31-40
50 See historical data for this field.
41-45
48 See historical data for this field.
46-50
68 See historical data for this field.
51-60
158 See historical data for this field.
61-70
144 See historical data for this field.
71-80
29 See historical data for this field.
81-90
3 See historical data for this field.
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 4 50 48 68 158 144 29 3 0
Total <= 45: 102 Total >= 46: 402
Male 0 3 34 39 57 138 133 25 3 0 432
Female 0 1 16 9 11 20 11 4 0 0 72
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0.79%0.6%0.2%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger10.71%7.34%3.37%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger20.24%15.08%5.16%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1947
Women’s right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1937
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
literacy, income and tax payer
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, the Government of India Act (adopted in 1935, entered into force in 1937) accorded women with the right to vote
Women’s right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1950
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Prior to independence, under British administration, the Government of India Act (adopted in 1935, entered into force in 1937) accorded women with the right to vote. These rights were maintained after 1947 when India became an "Independent Dominion".
Women’s right to stand for election
Women's right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1950
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Prior to independence in 1947, under British administration, the Government of India Act (adopted in 1935, entered into force in 1937) accorded women with the right to vote. These rights were maintained after 1947 when India became an "Independent Dominion".
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1952