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On the Web: Articles

The Multiple Struggles of Women. Brinda Karat, Frontline (9/20/97).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA).

In the Library: Articles

Basu, Amrita. "The challenge of difference in the women's movement in India," Feminist Studies 16 (1990).

Omvedt, Gail. "Indian women in struggle," Race & Class 21 (win 80).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bonner, Arthur. Averting the Apocalypse: Social Movements in India Today (Durham NC: Duke, 1991).

Bumiller, Elizabeth. May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey among the Women of India (NY: Random House, 1990).

Kumar, Radha. The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women's Rights & Feminism in India, 1800-1990 (NY: Verso, 1993).

Liddle, Joanna & Rama Joshi. Daughters of Independence: Gender, Caste & Class in India (London: Zed, 1986).

Rajan, Rajeswari Sunder. Signposts: Gender Issues in Post-Independence India (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 2001).

__________. The Scandal of the State: Women, Law, & Citizenship in Postcolonial India (Durham NC: Duke, 2003).

Ray, Raka. Fields of Protest: Women's Movements in India (Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota, 1999).

Robinson, Catherine A. Tradition & Liberation: The Hindu Tradition in the Indian Women's Movement (NY: St. Martin's, 1999).

Rose, Kalima. Where Women Are Leaders: The SEWA Movement in India (London: Zed, 1992).

Shiva, Vandana. India Divided: Diversity & Democracy Under Attack (NY: Seven Stories, 2005).

In the Library: Fiction

Butalia, Urvashi & Ritu Menon (eds.) In Other Words: New Writing by Indian Women (Boulder: Westview, 1994).

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Bandit Queen" [1994], dir. Shekhar Kapur, 119m. Controversial "life story" of Phoolan Devi, a Dalit woman bandit & rebel who fought back against sexism & the caste system & was shot by police in 2001.

"Children of Desired Sex" [1987], dir. Mira Nair, 28m. On misuse in India of amniocentesis to determine sex & provide occasion for female foeticide.

"Dam/Age" [2002], by Aradhana Seth, 50m. Documentary on Narmada River Dam Project.

"Fire" [1996] , dir. Deepa Mehta, 108m. In video stores. Tender exploration of budding lesbian love between women of same household caught in oppressive marriages. "Controversy" segment among DVD extras is disturbing report on Hindu nationalist (Shiv Sena) responses to it.

"India Cabaret" [1988], dir. Mira Nair, 58m. Feminist documentary about strippers in Mumbai club.

"Swaraaj: The Little Republic" [2002], dir. Anwar Jamal, ?m. Four courageous female members confront high-caste male leadership of panchayat, local government council in Rajasthan.

"The Women Betrayed" [???], dir. Anwar Jamal, ?m. Documentary

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