Looking at gender through multiple lenses, this volume seeks to understand what empowerment really means to women today. It examines the situation of women in, and their contribution to, politics, business, education, social and economic development, the women's movement, health, law, insurgency and the arts.
The volume analyses certain key issues of contemporary discourse including:
* ownership of one's body and freedom of choice
* redefinition of empowerment and leadership and how far we have achieved it
* importance of equal access to education, employment and health
* political participation and decision making, and
* dichotomy between marginalisation of women on grounds of caste, class and religion in a society with changing laws on women's rights
Omita Goyal is presently Chief Editor of the IIC Quarterly, the Journal of the India International Centre. She started her career in the voluntary sector with the Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. Shortly thereafter she moved into academic publishing where she has spent over 27 years. She worked at SAGE Publications India Pvt Limited for 20 years, leaving as General Manager. Omita took time off to work as a freelance editor for SAGE and other institutions such as The World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, Voluntary Health Association of India, Centre for Women's Development Studies, WHO, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague and TERI. In 2005, she was invited by Taylor and Francis to start a social science programme under their social science and humanities imprint, Routledge, as Publishing Director.
Foreword - Karan Singh Preface - Omita Goyal Introduction - Malavika Karlekar Understanding Leadership: Lessons from the Women's Movement - Devaki Jain Revisiting the Theme of Women's `Empowerment': How Leadership Matters - Padmini Swaminathan Women Leaders in Every Mohalla, Every Village - Renana Jhabvala Rockets with Fire in Their Tails? Women Leaders in Kerala's Panchayats - J Devika Labouring Intellectuals: The Conceptual World of Dalit Women - Gopal Guru Czarinas or Girl Fridays? Women in the Corporate Sector - Pushpa Sundar Leadership for Women's Equality and Empowerment in Higher Education - Karuna Chanana Anatomy of a Change: Early Women Doctors - Malavika Karlekar From Dynasty to Legitimacy: Women Leaders in Indian Politics - Sudha Pai Other Histories: Gender and Politics in the Fiction of Mahasweta Devi - Radha Chakravarty In Her Own Write: Writing from a Dalit Feminist - Uma Chakravarti Catalysing Craft: Women Who Shaped the Way - Ritu Sethi Leadership in the Arts: Rukmini Devi Arundale - Ashish Mohan Khokar Recasting Bodies and the Transformation of the Self: Women Performers in the Bombay Film Industry (1925-1947) - Sarah Rahman Niazi Ascribing Feminist Intent: The Invention of the Indian Woman Artist - Deeptha Achar The Alpha Songbirds: Independent and Vibrant - Kumud Diwan Jha Empowering Women through Education: The Story of Indraprastha School - Aparna Basu Gender and Governance: From Concern to Indicators - Satish B. Agnihotri The Movement for Change: Implementation of Sexual Assault Laws - Kirti Singh Caregivers, Caretakers: Dealing with Impunity and Immunity at the Margins - Sanjoy Hazarika