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Interrogating Women’s Leadership and Empowerment

Interrogating Women’s Leadership and Empowerment

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Omita Goyal - Chief Editor, IIC Quarterly, Journal, India International Centre
Critical Acclaim

November 2015 | 292 pages | SAGE India
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

Karan Singh
Omita Goyal
Malavika Karlekar
Devaki Jain
Understanding Leadership: Lessons from the Women’s Movement
Padmini Swaminathan
Revisiting the Theme of Women’s ‘Empowerment’: How Leadership Matters
Renana Jhabvala
Women Leaders in Every Mohalla, Every Village
J Devika
Rockets with Fire in Their Tails? Women Leaders in Kerala’s Panchayats
Gopal Guru
Labouring Intellectuals: The Conceptual World of Dalit Women
Pushpa Sundar
Czarinas or Girl Fridays? Women in the Corporate Sector
Karuna Chanana
Leadership for Women’s Equality and Empowerment in Higher Education
Malavika Karlekar
Anatomy of a Change: Early Women Doctors
Sudha Pai
From Dynasty to Legitimacy: Women Leaders in Indian Politics
Radha Chakravarty
Other Histories: Gender and Politics in the Fiction of Mahasweta Devi
Uma Chakravarti
In Her Own Write: Writing from a Dalit Feminist
Ritu Sethi
Catalysing Craft: Women Who Shaped the Way
Ashish Mohan Khokar
Leadership in the Arts: Rukmini Devi Arundale
Sarah Rahman Niazi
Recasting Bodies and the Transformation of the Self: Women Performers in the Bombay Film Industry (1925–1947)
Deeptha Achar
Ascribing Feminist Intent: The Invention of the Indian Woman Artist
Kumud Diwan Jha
The Alpha Songbirds: Independent and Vibrant
Aparna Basu
Empowering Women through Education: The Story of Indraprastha School
Satish B. Agnihotri
Gender and Governance: From Concern to Indicators
Kirti Singh
The Movement for Change: Implementation of Sexual Assault Laws
Sanjoy Hazarika
Caregivers, Caretakers: Dealing with Impunity and Immunity at the Margins

The book goes well beyond the conventional understanding of enhancing women’s strength and self-confidence as brought into focus in many lives and their varied stories…. A good read for scholars, academicians, feminists and researchers who have interest in women identity issues and the changes that have taken place over time.

Social Action, July-September 2015

An immensely readable book with cogent, lucidly written chapters on most facets of women’s empowerment…the chapters are written by established scholars from the social sciences, humanities, creative arts, law, as well as by social activists….As the book covers a gamut of issues it will be of interest to readers from different disciplines and areas of research. It is an informative book for general readers too.


Indian Journal of Gender Studies,
Volume 23 (Issue 3), October 2016