These Dalit women writers' narratives centre their lived experiences in a canon where their voices have been conspicuously absent.
Mahatma Jotiba Phule’s Gulamgiri (Slavery), published in 1885, is considered one of the first tracts against the caste system.
Kari is a graphic novel featuring a lesbian woman in search of her identity in a deeply heterosexual society that sidelines homosexual love.
Karukku by Bama is an elegy to the community she grew up in and her intersecting identities as a Tamil, Dalit, and Christian woman.
But what Draupadi is remembered for is not the fierce, intelligent woman that she was but the woman who was disrobed at the great hall and had to be saved by Krishna. Casting her into the role of a damsel in distress who needs saving is a betrayal to the fierceness of her soul.
Urmila Pawar's fiction explores the axes of caste, class & gender and brings forth vivid everyday lived realities of Dalit women.
'Pink Sari Revolution' is a book inspired by the activities of the 'Gulabi Gang' in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh. Gulabi Gang is representative of the extraordinary women's movement in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh led by Sampat Pal Devi in 2006.
Most of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s female characters show a great deal of fortitude at the face of difficulties, yet they are not one-dimensional.
For me, the most interesting part of this story lay in the fact that it is based in Delhi as the city and as the college life campus; it has moments which are relatable, whether they are big or little milestones of life. The story is simple and a reminder of how there are so many points in a person's lives where they struggle
Americanah is driven by character rather than plot. Ifemelu is a Nigerian who emigrates to the United States to complete her college education. She goes on a journey to discover her individuality in a new culture, struggles to establish herself financially, and strives to make sense of her new found racial identity through a blog.