South Asian
Women's Studies

Young girls participating in the Republic Day parade
in New Delhi dress in the colorful costumes of Rajastahan and do the lezim, a folk dance.
(photo from India / photographs by Raghu Rai ; text by Usha Rai.
New Delhi : Times Books International, 1990.

Bibliographies/Directories | Biographies | Videos | Indexes to Journal Articles
General Works | Web Sites / Online Databases | Email Lists


General South Asia

Bibliography of Asian studies.
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Association for Asian Studies, 1957
Library has: 1956-

Women in the Third World : a directory of resources / compiled and edited by
Thomas P. Fenton and Mary J. Heffron. Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, c1987.
Doe Refe HQ1870.9.A12.F461 1987
S/SE Asia HQ1870.9.A12.F461 1987 REF
Provides good overview of resources and organizations specializing on women's issues.

Women of South Asia : a guide to resources / by Carol Sakala ; with a foreword by
Maureen L. P. Patterson, Millwood, N.Y. : Kraus International Publications, c1980
Doe Refe HQ1735.3.A12.S23
S/SE Asia HQ1735.3.A12.S24 REF
Comprehensive bibliography on South Asian women, indexed by author and subject with a detailed outlines of headings in the table of contents.


Status of women : Afghanistan / prepared by Wali M. Rahimi. Bangkok : Unesco Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 1991.
Main Stack HQ1735.6.R29 1991
Good resource for statistical data.


Divorce in Bangladesh : practice and its implication / Sharif A. Kafi, with assistance from Masud Ahmed...[]... Dhaka, Bangladesh : Bangladesh Development Partnership Centre, 1995.
S/SE Asia HQ930.6.K34 1995 REF
Provides statistics and analysis of the implications and impact of divorce on women, in this
pedominantly Muslim country.

Inventory of women's organisations in Bangladesh / edited by Gule-Afruz Mahbub, Jowshan A. Rahman. [Dhaka] : Women's Affairs Dept., Govt. of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, [1986]
S/SE Asia HQ2000.6.I58 1986 REF
A thorough listing of NGO's in Bangladesh, however, only organized by districts, not by program type.

Women in agriculture : an annotated bibliography / Ferdouse H. Hannan, Nazrul Islam. Comilla : Women's Desk, Ministry of Agriculture : Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, 1986.
S/SE Asia HD6073.A292.B3 A12H366 1986 REF
Organized by subject and indexed by author.

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Directory of women's studies in India / project coordinator, S.K. Agrawala ; director, Susheela Kaushik ; joint director, ... New Delhi : Association of Indian Universities, 1991.
Main Stack HQ1181.I4.D57 1991
S/SE Asia HQ1181.I4.D57 1991 REF
In directory format, provides a comprehensive list of women's studies programs offered at India Universities and research institutes and NGOs and organizations engaged in women's studies work.

The girl child in India : a bibliographic compendium / Anju Vyas, Madhu Mudgal. Delhi : Indian Bibliographies Bureau, c1992.
S/SE Asia HQ792.I5.A12 V9, 1992 REF
Bibliography divided in broad categories, e.g., Education, Media, Child Marriage, etc. Includes keyword and author index.

Protection of women under the law : an annotated bibliography / Anwarul Yaqin and Badar Anwar. New Delhi : Deep & Deep, 1982
S/SE Asia HQ1743.I54.A12 Y3 REF
Summaries of judicial decisions and lists of legislation pertaining to women.

Women, an annotated bibliography of directories and statistical resources : an update / Anju Vyas, Meenu Chachra. New Delhi : Centre for Women's Development Studies, [1989]
S/SE Asia HQ1233.V927 1989 REF
Useful bibliography with detailed annotations.

Women and Religion in India : an annotated bibliography of sources in English 1975-92 / Nancy Auer Falk., Kalamazoo, Mich. : New Issues Press, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University, 1994.
SSEA BL2015.W6.A12 F35, 1994 REF
Excellent bibliography on the topic, very detailed and well annotated.

Women at work in India : a bibliography / compiled by Suchitra Anant, S.V. Ramani Rao, Kabita Kapoor. New Delhi ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1986.
S/SE Asia HD6189.A12.A521 1986 REF
Author, subject, geographical and industry indexes are included in this thorough bibliography.

Women in changing society : a bibliographical study / S.N. Sahai. Delhi, India : Mittal Publications ; Distributed by Mittal Publishers' Distributors, 1985.
S/SE Asia HQ1742.A12.S31 1985 REF
Very useful bibliography of book and journal articles in english. Indexed well by subject and author. Has very good table of contents.

Women in India : a comprehensive bibliography / Elizabeth Lytle. Monticello, Ill. : Vance Bibliographies, 1978.
S/SE Asia HQ1742.A12.L9 1978 REF
Though dated, provides good listing of journal and monograph references organized by specific subject headings.

Women in India : a statistical panorama / Prabhash P. Singh. New Delhi, India : Inter-India Publications, 1991, c1990.
Main Stack HQ1742.S558 1991
S/SE Asia HQ1742.S558 1991 REF
Wealth of statistical information, health, employment, vital statistics, politics, etc. Only covers to 1980's.

Women of India : an annotated bibliography/ Harshida Pandit. New York : Garland Pub., 1985.
Doe Refe HQ1742.A12.P361 1985
S/SE Asia HQ1742.A12.P361 1985 REF
Annotated bibliography containing books and journal articles, indexed by subject and author.

Women's studies in India : information sources, services, and programmes / compiled by Anju Vyas, Sunita Singh. Newbury Park : Sage Publications, 1993.
Main Stack HQ1181.I4.V93 1993
S/SE Asia HQ1181.I4.V93 1993 REF
A wealth of information, includes lists of bibliographies, directories, handbooks, biographies, journal articles, etc. Definately a good place to start when beginning research on South Asian women.

Women's studies index, 1986 : a guide to Indian periodical literature. Bombay : Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University Library, 1987.
S/SE Asia HQ1742.W651 1987 REF
Though it only covers materials published in 1986, is a very thorough bibliography covering English, Hindi, Marathi, and Gujarati language materials, with detailed subject categories and indexed by author.

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Children and women of Nepal : a situation analysis 1992 / National Planning Commission, HMG [and] UNICEF. [Kathmandu] : UNICEF, 1992.
S/SE Asia HQ792.N38.C48 1992 REF
Basic facts about women and children in Nepal, access thru Table of Contents, no index. Has good statistical information and maps, accompanied by narrative analysis. Includes bibliography and definitions.

Statistical profile on Nepalese women : an updage in the policy context / Meena Acharya. Kathmandu : Institute for Integrated Development Studies, 1994.
S.SE Asia Q1735.9.A43 1994 REF
Statistical information has been culled from many sources and accompanied by narrative in this reference work. Good resource for the current state of Nepalese women.

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The Women of Pakistan : a selected bibliography with annotations / edited by Farida Shaheed. 1st ed. Lahore : Shirkat Gah, 1992.
Main Stack HQ1745.5.A12.W6 1992
S/SE Asia HQ1745.5.A12.W6 1992 REF
Annotated bibliography includes books, journal articles, theses. One of the few focusing primarily on Pakistani women.

Women's year book of Pakistan. Karachi : Ladies Forum Publications, 1985
Main Stack HQ1745.5.W59
Shelved: Latest vol. in S/SE Asia (REF)
S/SE Asia HQ1745.5.W59
Contains a handful of statistics related to women and has a "Who's Who of Pakistani Women" section.

Sri Lanka

Women of Sri Lanka : an annotated bibliography / Leelangi Wanasundera.
Colombo : Centre for Women's Research, Sri Lanka, 1986
Main Stack HQ1735.8.A12.W36 1986a
S/SE Asia HQ1735.8.A12.W36 1986a REF

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Devi Ahalyabai Holkar : the philosopher queen / M.V. Kamath, V.B. Kher. 1st ed. Bombay :
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1995
Main Stack DS485.I5.K36.1995

Fearless feminist : an autobiography of a social revolutionary / Malladi Subbamma. Hyderabad,
[India] : Booklinks Corp., 1994
Main Stack DS480.45.S76 1994

Great women of India / editors: Swami Madhavananda, Ramesh Chandra Majumdar. 2nd ed. Mayavati : Advaita Ashrama, 1982.
S/SE Asia HQ1742.M3 1982 REF

Great women of modern India / edited by Verinder Grover and Ranjana Arora. New Delhi : Deep & Deep Publications, c1993.
Main Stack HQ1741.I29.G74 1993
Library has: 1-8 (1993)
S/SE Asia HQ1741.I29.G74 1993

I, Phoolan Devi : the autobiography of India's bandit queen / Phoolan Devi ; with Marie-Therese
Cuny and Paul Rambali. London : Little, Brown and Co., 1996.
Main Stack HV6248.P535.A3 1996

SAARC women : Nepal, 1988-1990 / compiled, edited, and text by Deepak Aryal. 1st ed. Kathmandu, Nepal : Research Centre for Communication and Development, 1990.
S/SE Asia CT3739.A79 1990 REF

"We were making history--" : life stories of women in the Telangana People's struggle / Lalita K. ...
[] London : Zed Books, 1989.
Main Stack DS485.T4.W4 1989

Women parliamentarians in India / [edited by] C.K. Jain. 1st ed. Delhi, India : Published for Lok Sabha Secretariat by Surjeet Publications, 1993.
S/SE Asia HQ1236.5.I4.W655 1993 REF
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Listed below is a sampling of the some selections from the UCB Media Resource Center collection on the topic of South Asian Women. To find the complete listing of this rich collection, click here: South Asia Videos

Dadi's Family. A portrait of a farming family in India which focuses on Dadi, the grandmother, who manages a large household of sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren and tries to hold the extended family together despite external and internal changes. Looks at the role and lives of women, who become members of their husband's family upon marriage. 59 min. Video/C 347

Islam and Feminism Film examines the inequities in Pakistan's Islamic law, which does not distinguish among rape, adultery and fornication. Under this law, the testimony of two women is valued as equal to that of one man. A rape victim can be charged under Islamic law with having had extramarital sex. This report examines these contradictions, and introduces efforts of women's organizations to battle the severe discrimination which Pakistani women must endure. Video/C 3051

Kamala and Raji. Two working women in Ahmedabad, India, try to organize their fellow workers. Kamala is an organizer for the Self-Employed Women's Association and Raji is a representative of the vegetable sellers. 46 min. Video/C 1786

Knowing Her Place. An Indian woman looks at her life, her marriage, and her role in contemporary society both in India and the United States. 40 min. Video/C 2198

Modern Brides: Arranged Marriage in South India. Describes two middle-class brahman marriages in Mysore, South India in 1983. Through interviews with the brides, the grooms, and other members of their families, the film represents varying views on marriage, family loyalty, and family status. 30 min. Video/C 3378

The Preferred Sex...The Desired Number. In many societies, a woman is valued according to her reproductive efficiency. Her status in family and community depends on her ability to bear children of the desired number and of the desired sex. Film investigates the condition of women in Nigeria and India through interviews with husbands, wives, clergy and family planning personnel. 53 min. Video/C 4011

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Indexes to Journal Articles

Online Periodical Indexes :

(UCB Only) All of the following are available for currently enrolled U.C. Berkeley students, faculty and staff.

Bibliography of Asian Studies
The most comprehensive scholarly index of Southeast Asian Studies available for the humanities and social sciences.
Alternative Press Index
Contemporary Womens Issues
Historical Abstracts
Womens Studies International

Print Periodical Indexes:

Guide to Indian periodical literature
S/SE Asia AJ3.G 1(1964)-

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General Works

The following is a brief sampling of "classics" in South Asian women studies.

Daughters of independence : gender, caste and class in India / Joanna Liddle and Rama Joshi. London : Zed ; New Delhi : Kali for Women, 1986.
S/SE Asia HQ1742.L521 1986
Main Stack HQ1742.L53 1986

Ecofeminism / Maria Mies & Vandana Shiva. Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood Publications ; London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Zed Books, c1993.
Main Stack HQ1233.M53 1993
S/SE Asia HQ1233.M538 1993

Gender and political economy : explorations of South Asian systems / edited by Alice W. Clark. Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
S/SE Asia HQ1075.5.S64.G45 1993
Moffitt HQ1075.5.S64.G45 1993

The history of doing : an illustrated account of movements for women's rights and feminism in
India, 1800-1990
/ Radha Kumar. London ; New York : Verso, 1993
Main Stack HQ1743.K85.1993
Moffitt Stack HQ1743.K85 1993

Indian women novelists. Set II / edited by R.K. Dhawan. New Delhi : Prestige, 1993.
Main Stack PR9492.6.W6.I54 1993
Library has: v.1-2, 5 (1993)

Labour pains and labour power : women and childbearing in India / Patricia Jeffery, Roger Jeffery, Andrew Lyon. London ; [Atlantic Highlands] N.J., USA : Zed Books, 1989, c1988.
Main Stack HQ1742.J441 1989
S/SE Asia HQ1742.J441 1989

Recasting women : essays in Indian colonial history / edited by Kumkum Sangari, Sudesh Vaid. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1990.
Main Stack HQ1743.R43 1990

Reinventing women : representation of women in the media during the Zia years / by the Simorgh Collective, Neelam Hussain ... Lahore, Pakistan : Simorgh Women's Resource and Publication Centre, 1996, c1985.
Main Stack P94.5.W652.P257 1996

Roles and rituals for Hindu women / edited by Julia Leslie. Rutherford : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, c1991.
Main Stack BL1237.46.R64 1992

Subversive Women: historical experiences of gender and resistance / edited by Saskia Wieringa.
New Delhi : Kali for Women, 1995.
Main Stack HQ1154.S73 1995

Women writing in India : 600 B.C. to the present / edited by Susie Tharu and K. Lalita. New York : Feminist Press at the City University of New York : Distributed by Talman Co., c1991-1993.
Main Stack PK2978.E5.W57 1991
Library has: v.1-2 (c1991-1993)
S/SE Asia PK2978.E5.W57 1991
Library has: v.1-2 (c1991-1993)

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Web Links / Online Databases

Amnesty International - USA Women's Humans Rights

(UCB Only) Available for currently enrolled U.C. Berkeley students, faculty and staff.

Contemporary women's issues
This full-text database covers sources published by organizations around the world. Coverage includes 1992 to the present.
(UCB Only) Available for currently enrolled U.C. Berkeley students, faculty and staff.

is an very useful database of gender statistics developed by World Bank.

Global List of Women's Organizations
provides a thorough listing of international womens organizations.

Journal of South Asia Women

Manushi on Indian Women
Selected articles from a journal that "aims to bridge the gap between academic/scholarly writing and popular literature...analyzes economic, political and social issues.

South Asian Women's NETwork is a forum for those interested in South Asian Women's issues.

United Nations Development Programme : Gender in Development
endeavors to support gender equality and the advancement of women.

United Nations WomenWatch
is the United Nations' Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women.

Women in Development Resources

World Bank GenderNet

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Email Lists

ASIA-GENDERMEDIA is a list for discussion of gender and media policy issues, particularly but not exclusively in the Asian region. It is affiliated with Isis International, in Manila, an Asia-based women's non-govenrmental organization. To subscribe, send the message: SUBSCRIBE ASIA-GENDERMEDIA to MAJORDOMO@LIST.INFOCOM.SEQUEL.NET. For more information write to COMMPRO@MNL.SEQUEL.NET.

ASIA-WOMEN-IT is a forum for the discussion of issues and concerns relating to women in Asia and the new global information and communications technology. To subscribe, sent the message SUBSCRIBE ASIA-WOMEN-IT to MAJORDOMO@LIST.INFOCOM.SEQUEL.NET.

DEVELOPMENT-GENDER is a moderated list established by the Gender, Research and Training unit in the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, U.K. It intends to connect researchers, academics, and practitioners working in development and gender issues in dispersed institutions. More information available at the DEVELOPMENT-GENDER web page. To subscribe, send the message JOIN DEVELOPMENT-GENDER Firstname Lastname to MAILBASE@MAILBASE.AC.UK.

GENDER-LAW is for discussing the role of the World Bank in addressing legal issues that affect women in developing countries. To subscribe, send the message SUBSCRIBE GENDER-LAW to MAJORDOME@JAZZ.WORLDBANK.ORG.

HURINET-WOMEN is an information list (not a discussion list) dealing with international human rights concerning women. To subscribe, send a message expressing your wish to do to to the listowner, Debra Guzman at DEBRA@ONL.COMLINK.APC.ORG

PACAWOM Pakistani feminist discussion list. PACAWOM (to be pronounced pak-awam) is a global organization committed to the advancements of women in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the present day situation of women in Pakistan leaves a lot to be desired. Both at the level of the state and social attitudes the situation is far from perfect. Send them mail at

SAWNET DISCUSSION LISTis a list and web site forum for South Asian women and anyone interested in issues relevant to South Asian women. `South Asia' is taken to include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Before you subscribe, please read the Sawnet list policies. Women who are interested in subscribing to Sawnet should send a message to with the body of your message saying simply: subscribe. SISTERS NET is a women-only list for Muslim women. It provides members with a supportive atmosphere in which to network with other Muslim women, to discuss issues ( e.g., birth control, polygamy) that some would feel uncomfortable talking about with men. To subscribe, fill out the application at the Sisters Net web site or request an application by writing to SISTERS-REQUEST@POST.QUEENSU.CA.

THIRD-WORLD-WOMEN is an electronic forum for the discussion of issues related to representations and re-presentations. To subscribe, send mail to saying 'subscribe third-world-women-digest'.

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