Ela Bhatt: Uniting Women in India

Ela Bhatt: Uniting Women in India

by Jyotsna Sreenivasan
     
 

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Despite her own privileged upbringing, Ela Bhatt decided to dedicate herself to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens—especially it's women. In the midst of India’s bustling economy, hundreds of thousands of poor women work in unsafe or unstable environments for little money and no benefits. The organization founded by Bhatt

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Despite her own privileged upbringing, Ela Bhatt decided to dedicate herself to improving the lives of India's poorest and most oppressed citizens—especially it's women. In the midst of India’s bustling economy, hundreds of thousands of poor women work in unsafe or unstable environments for little money and no benefits. The organization founded by Bhatt, the Self-Employed Women’s Association, functions as a union for 250,000 self-employed women, operates a women’s bank, and helps empower women to help themselves. Her vision inspired thousands of poor women to join together to transform their lives—and their world.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-The lives of two extraordinary individuals and their efforts on behalf of women, the downtrodden, and the impoverished are extensively detailed in these volumes. Both Ramphele and Bhatt have faced discrimination and discouragement, yet their courage and determination have yielded benefits for millions of people. Ramphele overcame gender and race prejudice to become a physician and worked alongside some of the most prominent leaders in South Africa fighting against apartheid. Bhatt transcended the barriers of the Indian caste system to empower the poorest self-employed women workers, leading them to unionize and establish a cooperative bank and an insurance program. Combining detailed biography with thorough descriptions of their subjects' public activities, these titles provide more information for this age group than other single sources. Small black-and-white photographs and maps with informative captions join sidebars and a well-designed layout to enhance the texts. Unfortunately, there are no pronunciation guides for the place and personal names. Short bibliographies underscore the paucity of information on these women outside of these volumes.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558612280
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Series:
Women Changing the World Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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