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In this section, find articles, essays, listicles on Indian feminist icons and history of the feminist movement in India and South Asia.

Jhalkari Bai: The Indian Rebellion of 1857 and Forgotten Dalit History

Jhalkari Bai: The Indian Rebellion Of 1857 And Forgotten Dalit History

The story of Jhalkari Bai as a Dalit Virangana tells us why looking at the representations of Dalit women in the history of 1857 is crucial.
एक थी अमृता

एक थी अमृता: पंजाबी की पहली लेखिका

अमृता प्रीतम के लेखन में नारीवाद और मानवतावाद दो मुख्य विषय रहे है, जिसके जरिए उन्होंने समाज को यथार्थ से रू-ब-रू करवाने का सार्थक प्रयास किया।
मंटो की वो अश्लील औरतें

मंटो की वो अश्लील औरतें

ऐसे ही झंझावतों वाले दौर में हिंदुस्तानी साहित्य में एक ऐसे सितारे का उदय हुआ, जिसने अपनी कहानियों से अपने समय और समाज को नंगा सच दिखाया। इस लेखक का नाम था- सआदत हसन मंटो।
इस्मत चुगताई का सेक्सी ‘लिहाफ’

इस्मत चुगताई का सेक्सी ‘लिहाफ’

इस्मत चुगताई उर्फ ‘उर्दू अफसाने की फर्स्ट लेडी’ ने महिला सशक्तीकरण की सालों पहले एक ऐसी बड़ी लकीर खींच दी, जो आज भी अपनी जगह कायम है।
The Life and Times of Literary Iconoclast Ismat Chughtai

The Life and Times of Literary Iconoclast Ismat Chughtai

Ismat Chughtai is today regarded as one of the stalwarts of Urdu writing, but back in her heydays, she was considered nothing short of a rebel, an iconoclast.
7 Historic Indian Women In STEM We Don't Know Of But Should

Historic Indian Women In STEM We Don’t Know Of But Should

If you are asked to make a list of Indian women in STEM and your list begins and ends with the name Kalpana Chawla, you’re not alone. There are in fact, numerous Indian women in STEM who have contributed towards shaping science and in that process our lives too. Hence, it is important we know them, appreciate them and acknowledge their struggles.
Kerala's Casteist Breast Tax And The Story Of Nangeli

Kerala’s Casteist Breast Tax And The Story Of Nangeli

Imagine paying a tax to cover your breasts? Kerala women once did
Essay: The Life And Times Of Dnyanjyoti Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule

Essay: The Life And Times Of Dnyanjyoti Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule

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.
What Led To The Decline Of The Matrilineal Society In Kerala?

What Led To The Decline Of The Matrilineal Society In Kerala?

Apologise for breaking your feminist bubble, but a true matriarchal society never existed in Kerala. Here, we take a look at a system that came closest to giving women decision making power, autonomy over their sexuality and their bodies and a control in the matters of their marriage and children.
Essay: Remembering Ismat Chughtai – A Feminist Literary Icon

Essay: Remembering Ismat Chughtai – A Feminist Literary Icon

Ismat Chughtai was one of those first few writers who challenged the exploitative patriarchal structures by writing about certain 'forbidden' topics that people chose to put under the carpets; topics that were precisely the 'question of silence.'

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Pictures From 30+ #IWillGoOut Marches In Various Cities And Towns Of India

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Crowds in hundreds gathered in about 30 cities and towns of India to come together for #IWillGoOut marches.
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Why Women In India Are Marching On January 21? #IWillGoOut

Why Women In India Are Marching On January 21? #IWillGoOut

As women from a dozen cities prepare for a nation-wide march triggered by the appalling stories of mass molestation in Bengaluru, we protest not only the right of a woman to loiter in public, but also the impunity with which they are seen as “fair game” when they choose to own the streets. #IWillGoOut