Femcyclopaedia by Kirthi Jayakumar

At a time when equality and women's empowerment were notions still unheard of, Sarla Thakur became the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft. Born in 1914, she earned an aviation pilot license in 1936 at the age of 21. By that time she was already married and had a four-year-old daughter. In spite of … Continue reading Femcyclopaedia by Kirthi Jayakumar

Book Review: A Room of One’s Own

"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt, that you can set upon the freedom of my mind." Every woman should read Virginia Woolf. Or, at the very least, every woman should read A Room of One's Own. I was about to give a summary of some … Continue reading Book Review: A Room of One’s Own

Femcyclopaedia by Kirthi Jayakumar

Kamla Bhasin is an Indian developmental feminist activist, poet, author and social scientist. Her work spans across 35 years and focuses on gender, education, human development and the media. Best known for her work on the NGO Sangat- a South Asian network of feminists, and for her poem Kyunki main ladki hoon, mujhe padhna hai. In 1995, she recited a refurbished, feminist version of the … Continue reading Femcyclopaedia by Kirthi Jayakumar