Happy Daughter’s Day 2020: Daughter’s Day is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of September, this year it will be celebrated on September 27th. This day is celebrated to respect and honour all the daughters out there. Not only daughters but every female should also be respected and given equal rights as males.
Some women have made a huge difference in the lives of ordinary Indian females by their neverending effort. Here are 10 famous feminists that we look at today:
Kamla Bhasin: She is a social scientist and a full-time feminist who has worked in the gender, education, and development sector for 35 years. She is currently a part of SANGAT, a South Asian Feminist network, as an advisor. She is also an active member of JAGORI, a Women’s Resource and Training Centre. She also conducts workshops for women and men focused on gender, sustainable development and human rights.
Urvashi Butalia: Urvashi is a publisher and a writer. She founded Kali, the first feminist publishing house in 1984, along with Ritu Menon. It was set up to increase, enhance and encourage the role of female writers in Indian society and to provide women with a platform. As a writer, Butalia has written on gender, media, communalism and fundamentalism. Her work has been published in various newspapers and magazines such as Times of India, India Today and Outlook.
Durgabai Deshmukh: A freedom fighter, a social activist and along with that a social worker, lawyer and politician. At the age of 12, she left school to protest against the imposition of English and later started the Balika Hindi Paathshala in Rajamundry to promote Hindi education for girls. Durgabai Deshmukh was the first chairperson of the National Council of Women’s Education and many issues regarding female education was brought forth and rectified because of her.
Amrita Pritam: A poet and a writer, this famous feminist refused to accept the differential treatment of lower castes. She had written over 100 books of poetry, fiction, essays and biographies. She is famous for her novel called Pinjar which also won a National Film Award as well as a Filmfare. She also rebelled against the societal norms by maintaining a relationship with her partner, painter, and writer Imroz, for 45 years without marriage.
Uma Narayan: A feminist scholar, she is a professor of Philosophy at Vassar college and is the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism. She has also co-edited Reconstructing Political Theory: Feminist Perspectives with Mary N. Shanely and Decentering the Center: Philosophy for a Multicultural, Postcolonial, and Feminist World with Sandra Harding.
Ruth Vanita: An Indian academic, activist and writer. Ruth specializes in British and Indian history with a specific focus on gender and sexuality. Along with all this, she also teaches and writes on Hindu philosophy. Ruth Vanita is now a professor at the University of Montana where she teaches Women’s Studies.
Irom Sharmila: Popularly known as ‘The Iron Lady’ or ‘Mengoubi’ is a civil rights activist, a political activist, feminist and poet from Manipur. She is also the record holder for the “world’s longest hunger strike” wherein she fasted for 16 years from 5th November, 2000 to 9th August, 2016.
Kavita Krishnan: Kavita Krishnan is the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association. She is also a part of the politburo of CPI-ML and the editor of its monthly publication, Liberation. She is a women’s right activist and has played a role in highlighting issues regarding violence against women after the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case of Nirbhaya.