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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.

The Life and Times of Literary Iconoclast Ismat Chughtai

The Life and Times of Literary Iconoclast Ismat Chughtai | #IndianWomenInHistory

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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My Experiences Of Sexual Assault: Toxic 'Dada-Culture' Of Presidency University

My Sexual Assault Trials & Toxic ‘Dada-Culture’ Of Presidency University

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My account isn’t that of an individual’s. It is a reflection of the toxic politics that goes on in the most literate political circles of Kolkata, like that of Presidency University.
Netflix's Sex Education Talks About Sexuality Seamlessly

Netflix’s Sex Education Season 2 Talks About Sexuality Seamlessly

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The Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education which premiered on January 2019 had already garnered significant attention and millions of viewers owing to its fresh take on teenage sexual (mis)adventures and its sensitive storytelling.

Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi As A Symbol Of Subaltern Defiance

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In Draupadi, Devi presents a strong woman who despite being marginalised and exploited, transgresses conventional sexual and societal standards.