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The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women’s Rights and Feminism in India 1800-1990.

The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women’s Rights and Feminism in India 1800-1990.Radha KumarKali for Women1993

From Zubaan: A thematic history of the women’s movement in India both before and after independence, this book covers the period from the nineteenth century to the present day. It looks at how women’s issues were raised, initially by men and as part of the movements for social reform, and then with the involvement of women in the nationalist movement, by women themselves. Using photographs, old and new documents, excerpts from letters, books and informal writings, the author documents the growing involvement of women and the formation of the early women’s organizations, she examines the foregrounding of the `women’s issue’ during the reform and nationalist movements and its subsequent disappearance from the agenda of public debate until the post independence period of the sixties and seventies when it surfaces again.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Nineteenth Century
3. Towards Becoming ‘The Mothers of the Nation’
4. Organization and Struggle
5. Constructing the Image of a Woman Activist
6. The Contemporary Feminist Movement
7. The Campaign Against Dowry
8. The Agitation Against Rape
9. The Nineteen Eighties
10. Personal Law and Communal Identities
11. The Agitation Against Sati 1987-88
12. The Struggle for a Safe Environment