The interface between women and society has witnessed great changes over the past few millennia. From gender equality in many societies in ancient times to the fight for reproductive rights, protest against domestic violence, and unequal wage to right to vote, maternity leave and so on in the last one hundred years or so, the story of women's emancipation has been eventful. Showcasing the personal narratives of twenty-two eminent women-scientists, social activists, writers, industrialists, administrators, artists, and corporate leaders-this volume reveals how women have overcome the restrictions of traditional patriarchal society to contribute to social change and development. Their life experiences show how proper education, training, independent thinking, and innovativeness can effect a sea change in the lives of women and how it impacts society at large. With an introduction by Ashok S. Kolaskar and Motilal Dash, this collection of essays will appeal to anybody keen on learning more about how in many ways women have spearheaded change for the good in our society.
Ashok S. Kolaskar is Vice-Chancellor, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Motilal Dash is Director (Academic), Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
INTRODUCTION ; ANU AGA-WOMEN IN INDIA: FROM SHADOWS TO EXCELLENCE ; KIRAN MAZUMDAR-SHAW- WOMEN, SCIENCE, AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION ; MAHTAB S. BAMJI-LEAP FROM SCIENCE OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND NUTRITION TO SOCIETAL SCIENCE ; MANJU SHARMA-WOMEN SCIENTISTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ; PADMA BANDOPADHYAY-ROLE OF WOMEN IN TRANSFORMING SOCIETY ; PINKY ANAND-JOURNEY CALLED LIFE ; ROSEANN O'REILLY RUNTE-TRANSFORMING SOCIETY THROUGH EDUCATION: RECOGNIZING THE ROLE OF WOMEN ; SWATI PIRAMAL-MULTI-FACETED ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION ; INDIRA PARIKH- TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIETY: ROLE OF INDIAN WOMEN ; KUNTALA KUMARI ACHARYA-STRUGGLE OF WOMEN IN BRINGING SOCIAL CHANGE ; NAINA LAL KIDWAI-RURAL INDIAN WOMEN: SOWING THE SEEDS OF TRANSFORMATION ; R. SUJATHA-RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND POLICY: EMPOWERING WOMEN IN INDIAN CONTEXT ; SOBHA NAIDU-QUALITIES THAT MAKE WOMEN DISTINCT ; PRATIBHA RAY-BEYOND HORIZON ; RAMA DEVI-ROLE OF WOMEN IN SOCIAL CHANGE ; TULASI MUNDA-FROM OBSCURITY TO LIGHT: WOMEN IN ODISHA ; KIRAN BEDI-WOMEN AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS: A CROSS-CULTURAL EXPERIENCE ; SONAL MANSINGH-POSITION AND ROLE OF WOMEN IN PERFORMING ARTS ; RAJ MANDA-HELP US TO HELP YOU ; MANJU BANSAL-TWIST AND TURNS ON THE PATH TO DNA ; RAJASHREE BIRLA-STORIES OF CHANGE MAESTROS: STORIES OF HOPE ; ARMAITY S. DESAI-TRANSFORMING HIGHER EDUCATION FOR GENDER EQUALITY: CAPACITY BUILDING OF WOMEN MANAGERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION ; CONTRIBUTORS