Feminist Inheritances and Foremothers: the beginnings of feminism in modern India

  title={Feminist Inheritances and Foremothers: the beginnings of feminism in modern India},
  author={Padma Anagol},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={523 - 546}
  • Padma Anagol
  • Published 1 September 2010
  • Sociology
  • Women's History Review
This article illumines the nature and content of modern Indian feminism, tracing its beginnings in the great nineteenth‐century social and religious reform movements in Maharashtra, Western India. Early feminist theory is tracked in the theories of women’s subordination proposed by Christian and Hindu feminists. The linguistic sophistication in feminist genealogy is revealed through women’s critiques of Indian society and gender relations, especially the formation of two key feminist concepts… 
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