Missing Women on the Streets
Women are not just missing, the women who are alive are also missing from public life. In 2016-17, I estimated the percentage of men on the streets
in Delhi. I found,
On average about 81.5% of the people on the street were men. The average proportion of men across various locations was 86.7% which suggests that somewhat busier places have somewhat more women.
Missing Female Head of Households
No Missing Employed Women on TV
No Missing Daughters of Indian Politicians
Discrimination based on sex may not be universal in time but it is universal in space.
We compute the number of missing women in the United States in 1900. There is a remarkable congruence between these numbers and what we observe in the three regions today. Expressed as a proportion of the female population, the number of missing women in the United States in 1900 is larger than in India and China today, and slightly smaller than in sub-Saharan Africa.