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Women in Modern India



Women in Modern India

by  Geraldine Hancock Forbes

Year 1999
ISBN No. 9780521653770
No.of pages 312
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In a compelling study of Indian women, Geraldine Forbes considers their recent history from the nineteenth century under colonial rule to the twentieth century after Independence. She begins with the reform movement, established by men to educate women, and demonstrates how education changed women's lives enabling them to take part in public life. Through their own accounts of their lives and activities, she documents the formation of their organisations, their participation in the struggle for freedom, their role in the colonial economy and the development of the women's movement in India since 1947.


Table of contents

Introduction; l. Reform in the nineteenth century: efforts to modernize women's roles; 2. Education for women; 3. The emergence of women's organizations; 4. The movement for women's rights; 5. Women in the nationalist movement; 6. Women's work in colonial India; 7. A time of transition; 8. Women in independent India; Bibliographic essay.


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