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South Asia Women's History

The history of notable and ordinary women in south Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh).
  1. Benazir Bhutto
  2. Hinduism and Women
  3. Indira Gandhi
  4. Kumaratunge
  5. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
  6. Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Andal
An Indian poet who wrote devotional poetry to Vishnu, the verses of Andal are still in use today.

Sarojini Naidu
About Sarojini Naidu, Indian poet and political activist, a key part of Gandhi's independence movement.

Meena Alexander
BBC World Service feature on women writers highlights Meena Alexander, born in India to Syrian Christian parents who was educated in India and England and who now lives in the US: her life events, key influences and themes, the works of this author, her style, and her thoughts on being a woman writer.

Cast in Stone?
In this lesson plan for grades 6-12, students focus on the position of women in lower castes in the context of the Indian caste system.

Shashi Deshpande
BBC World Service feature on women writers highlights Shashi Deshpande of India: her life events, key influences and themes, the works of this author, her style, and her thoughts on being a woman writer.

The Indian Women's Movement in Historical Perspective
A World Bank Policy Research Report on the history of the women's movement in India, with attention to the 1920s struggle for equal rights and universal adult suffrage, and to the 1970s struggle against patriarchy.

In India, Lower-Caste Women Turn Village Rule Upside Down
May, 1999, article from the New York Times, detailing some of the effects of a 1993 constitutional amendment setting aside a percentage of leadership positions for women.

Indra Devi - First Lady of Yoga
Although she was of European descent, she is identified with India and the ancient principles of Yoga. She spent many years in the United States as a yoga teacher, often to celebrities, and she died in 2002 in Argentina, her home since 1985.

Kalaranga Topics on Women of India
Series of excellent articles on women in India, from ancient India to tenth century images to medieval Deccan to today's life for women.

Kerosene, Weapon of Choice for Attacks on Wives in India
New York Times article from December, 2000, detailing some sad facts about women's history in India at the end of the 20th century.

Bharati Mukherjee
BBC World Service feature on women writers highlights Bharati Mukherjee of India: her life events, key influences and themes, the works of this author, her style, and her thoughts on being a woman writer.

Tradition of Female Education in Karnataka
Information on a system of education for women in India through the 19th century.

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