The women of the Bhakti movement challenged Brahminical patriarchy through their songs, poems and ways of life.
Kamala Das was a Malayali and English writer, who wrote with unsettling honesty on love, sexuality, menstruation – a foremost feminist voice.
Rashid Jahan was a doctor, a writer gravely engrossed in social issues, an avowed communist, and a pioneering activist invested in change.
Kalpana Chawla’s life trajectory knows no parallel, which makes her this century’s biggest trailblazer for Indian women in science.
Pandita Ramabai was a truly remarkable woman who pioneered women’s education and rebelliously championed for women’s rights and empowerment.
Silk Smitha's comfort in her own body and with her sexuality were a revolt against the sexist film industry that only saw women as objects.
Homai Vyarawalla was India's first female photojournalist. Her camera captured iconic moments from the politically volatile 20th century.
Rassundari Devi's autobiography is testament to her determination at making herself literate despite the taboo against women's education.
Sarojini Naidu was a poet, politican and women's rights activist and a leading figure in Indian Independence and India's 1st female governor.
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was one of the many women who were at the forefront of the Indian freedom struggle whose life accounts remain less celebrated.