Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary Women in the Bombay Presidency
As part of the centenary celebrations of the CSMVS Museum, this book looks at the lives of women in the late 18th and early 19th century in the Bombay Presidency. It was a world without electricity and running water. Transport within the towns was by bullock cart and horse carriage. a trip from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Surat by boat took 3 days. Education was believed to bring bad luck. Girls were married between the ages of 5 and 9, often to much older men. The life of a widow was unbearable. But the winds of change were just beginning to sweep across the country. First, it was the men, the reformers, who with their liberal views, encouraged their wives and daughters to get an education. And then, it was the women, who began to make changes. In the words of Ela Bhatt, 'a womens' approach is conciliatory, rather than with conflict.' These, are the Changemakers.
Tulsi Vatsal, Neeta Premchand & Sanjana Shah
Soft bound, pgs