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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.

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 | #IndianWomenInHistory

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.
Savitribai Phule: A Pioneer In Women's Education In India | #IndianWomenInHistory

The Life And Times Of Dnyanjyoti Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule | #IndianWomenInHistory

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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Dear Tamil Cinema, Let Brown Women Play The Role Of Brown Women

Dear Tamil Cinema, Let Brown Women Play The Role Of Brown Women

More than half the Tamil movies I watched had extremely light-skinned women from the North playing the roles of 'typical' Tamil women.
How Tamil Cinema Normalises And Promotes Rape Culture

How Tamil Cinema Normalises And Promotes Rape Culture

When it comes to rape, Tamil cinema cannot seem to get the message right. There are hundreds of movies where rape is reduced to just a joke.
How I Learnt To Not Be Flattered By Objectification

How I Learnt To Not Be Flattered By Objectification

I began to wonder whether Bollywood had gotten it all wrong – was objectification really a compliment? Weren’t there more respectful ways to appreciate someone’s appearance?