Indian Women in the Late 19th Century

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Who published a book criticizing the social differences between men and women?

Tarabai Shinde

What did Pandita Ramabai do to support widows treated badly by their husbands' relatives?

Founded a widows' home at Poona

Why were many Hindu nationalists alarmed by the actions of Hindu women in the late nineteenth century?

They feared women were adopting Western ways

What was a common activity undertaken by women at the end of the nineteenth century as part of the women's reform movement?

Writing books and editing magazines

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Women's Reform Movement in India

  • Mary Wollstonecraft published a book criticizing the social differences between men and women.

Pandita Ramabai's Contribution

  • Pandita Ramabai established a home to support widows who were mistreated by their husbands' relatives.

Hindu Nationalists' Concerns

  • Many Hindu nationalists were alarmed by the actions of Hindu women in the late nineteenth century, as they perceived these actions as a threat to traditional Hindu values and norms.

Women's Reform Activities

  • A common activity undertaken by women at the end of the nineteenth century as part of the women's reform movement was to advocate for education and social rights for women.

Explore the role and contributions of Indian women in the late 19th century, including their pursuit of education, entry into professions like medicine and teaching, and their critical views on gender roles and society. Delve into Tarabai Shinde's work 'Stripurushtulna' and the challenges women faced during this period.

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