Moumita is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo working on Hindu Nationalism, and Adivasi politics and religion. She is a visual studies scholar who has written about the clay-modelling industry of West Bengal. Here, she writes about women in different aspects of public life in India.
Body hair removal emerged as a survival tactic many millennia ago. With time, it was reduced to aesthetics, which served as a foundation for the oppressive and gendered notions of feminine hairlessness.
Savitribai Phule, first female teacher of the first women’s school in India is a pioneer figure. She relentlessly fought against the dominant caste system and worked towards the upliftment of the marginalized.