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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.

Captain Prem Mathur: The Woman Who Swore To Fly High|#IndianWomenInHistory

Captain Prem Mathur: The Woman Who Swore To Fly High|#IndianWomenInHistory

Captain Prem Mathur, a young girl hailing from Allahabad, dared to challenge the ‘cult of domesticity’ and went on to become the first Indian woman commercial pilot.
Bimala Maji And Intersections of Class, Caste and Gender in Tebhaga Movement

Bimala Maji And Intersections Of Class, Caste And Gender In Tebhaga Movement

Bimala Maji was a peasant activist from Midnapur, Bengal who played a vital role in organising the peasant women into the Nari Bahini (tr. Women's militia) in the Tehbhaga Movement subverting her marginalisation as a lower class, Dalit child-widow into a position of power.
Bibha Chowdhuri: The Invisibilised Physicist| #IndianWomenInHistory

Bibha Chowdhuri: The Invisibilised Physicist| #IndianWomenInHistory

Bibha Chowdhuri’s courage and conviction at a time when very few women were allowed access to public education, especially in spaces occupied mostly by men, motivated her to acquire a B.Sc. in Physics from Scottish Church College in Kolkata and an M.Sc. Degree in Physics from Calcutta University.
How The Indian Elite Almost Stopped India's Very First General Elections From Taking Place

How The Indian Elite Almost Stopped India’s Very First General Elections From Taking Place

Read to know how the upper classes' insecurities of democracy and the uncertainty it brought with it, almost derailed India's first general elections
Baiza Bai: The Maratha Banker Queen Of Gwalior

Baiza Bai: The Maratha Banker Queen Of Gwalior | #IndianWomenInHistory

Baiza Bai was not only one of the few warriors who could well handle a firearm but also a sophisticated and ruthless businesswoman.
A Historical Review Of Same Sex Legislation In Germany

A Historical Review Of Same Sex Legislation In Germany

On 30th June, the lower house of the German Parliament legalized same-sex marriages for Germany. In this stead, this piece analyzes why this move of the German Parliament is so significant given the turbulent history of same-sex legislation in Germany.
Kamla Chaudhry: The Edgy Feminist Writer And Political Activist| #IndianWomenInHistory

Kamla Chaudhry: The Edgy Feminist Writer And Political Activist| #IndianWomenInHistory

Amongst the many forgotten names of women who shaped the history of our country in different ways, is one name that continues to be a mystery – Kamla Chaudhry. An accomplished Hindi writer, she also played a crucial part in drafting the Indian constitution in 1948.
Khana: The Poet Who Recorded The Rural And Rustic Life Of Bengal

Khana: The Poet Who Recorded The Rural And Rustic Life Of Bengal | #IndianWomenInHistory

Khawnaa, oft-anglicised as Khana, was a Bengali poet and fabled astrologer, who composed in early medieval Bengali, and is estimated to have lived between 9th and 12th century CE.

Indrani Rahman: The Glamour Girl Of Indian Classical Dance| #IndianWomenInHistory

Indrani Rahman had an inherent passion for dance which took her to places far and near, worldwide. Through her mastery of multiple dance forms she left an indelible impression on the repertoire of Indian Classical Dance.
Saraswathi Rajamani: India's Youngest Spy In The INA

Saraswathi Rajamani: India’s Youngest Spy In The INA | #IndianWomenInHistory

Saraswathi Rajamani was bestowed with the opportunity to investigate government orders and convey any message from the British military to the INA. She would be disguised as a young boy under the name of ‘Mani’.

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Film Review: Section 375 Maintains The Narrative Of Disbelief In Survivor Stories

Film Review: Section 375 Maintains The Narrative Of Disbelief In Survivor Stories

If you want to see what that looks like on screen, you should watch Section 375, a courtroom thriller about sexual assault in the #MeToo era, a film that supposedly presents a “balanced” perspective, but ultimately sides with the accused.
St. Francis College, Hyderabad Takes Body Policing To A New Level

St Francis College, Hyderabad Takes Body Policing To A New Level

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Choice Feminism: A Self-Imposed Barrier To Progress

Choice Feminism: A Self-Imposed Barrier To Progress?

Choice feminism is a more individual-centric approach than is feminism as a whole, which believes that empowerment can be found in the act of making a “choice”, however in line it may be even with ancient patriarchal norms.