became the fist Indian women President of the Indian National Congress
in 1925 and the first woman governor of an Indian state (1947). A life-long supporter of women's rights, of Hindu-Muslim unity and of education
for all, her birthday is Women's Day in India. She has been an inspiration to many Indian women to enter public service. The Divine Principle
represents a balance of the masculine and the feminine as reflecting the very nature of God
. The inclusion of more women in public life, with qualities of compassion and of nurture, may be an essential step towards the realization of world peace. Some women who have exercised power thus far have not acted very differently from men, indeed, they have perhaps been harder and more aggressive than many of their male colleagues. This is because the dominant political culture
is masculine and combative, with Government and opposition facing and usually disagreeing with, each other. Perhaps a dramatic increase in the number of women in politics will change the dominant culture, and empower women to be more feminine, to be the champions of peace that some suggest their gender predisposes them to be. Sun Myung Moon
affirms without reservation the equality of women and men and encourages women to contribute to every sphere of life. Women's suffrage recognizes the fundamental truth that when God created humans in God's own image, he created them "male and female." The denial of women's rights is a denial of their full humanity. The Women's suffrage
movement with which Sarojini Naidu was closely identified has aided the process by which humanity can restore the original ideal and simultaneously serves to bring about the restoration of perfect gender parity as operative in the Godhead, and expressed perfectly throughout creation, most magnificently in human beings.