indian women of history
Tarabai Shinde dauntlessly critiqued the role religion and scriptures have to play in creating systems of oppression in this path-breaking book.
Despite being lambasted by critics and facing charges of obscenity in her works, Ismat Chughtai kept writing fearlessly on tabooed topics and advocated for women’s rights throughout her life.
Kadambari Devi lived a short life of 25 years, but her shadow lingers upon the entire oeuvre of Tagorean literature.
Asima Chatterjee was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1975.
Shakeela Bano’s qawwali was popular across board―from aristocrats and connoisseurs of music, to the common man on the street.
Fatima Sheikh was an educator as well as a social reformer. However, like many women who fought against injustice, she has been wiped out of Indian consciousness.
In 1896, Swarnakumari Devi opened the Sakhi Samiti. The organization provided education and shelter to women, especially orphans and widows.
Cornelia Sorabji, the first Indian woman to practice law, was an advocate for the rights of the purdahnashins – women who were forbidden from interacting with men outside of their families.
Pandita Ramabai Saraswati was a scholar, feminist and educator. She broke barriers and expectations as a Hindu woman in 19th-century India.
Rukhmabai refused to accept the marriage that was formalised against her consent. Her protest prompted the British government to bring in the Age Of Consent Act, 1891
Mahasweta Devi was an eminent Bengali writer and social activist. Writing in the mid-1900s, she did not shy away from pointing out the injustices plaguing society. Apart from being a powerful novelist, she is most remembered for her contributions to activist. As a social activist, Mahasweta Devi also fought for the writes for the oppressed tribal communities.
Savitribai Phule is often hailed as the mother of Indian feminism. Many call her modern India’s first feminist. Her contributions to women’s empowerment in the nation are undoubtable. Moreover, she has done so much for women’s education in India, including constructing the first school for women. Along with her husband Jyotibha Phule, she dedicated herself to the cause of women empowerment.