"The present book seeks to explore new perspectives on political activism of women
in the United Provinces. The relationship between levels of education and nationalist
activity of women in the United Provinces has been studied in some detail in the book
along with the reciprocal relationship between periods of hightended nationalist agitation
and the rise in and extension of educational attainments. The social depth of the national
movement, particulary its penetration into `ordinary' and middle-class' families,
sometimes `untouchable' households, is also clearly visible from the many instances cited
in the book.
Another dimension of political activism of women in the United Provinces studied in the
book is the focus on detailed consideration of four specific districts, namely Allahabad,
Lucknow, Agra and Almora, each representing four diffrent regions (eastern, central,
western and northeren) of the Provinces.
A Significant section of the book deals with the legislative and deliberative work
performed by the women in the Provincial Legislative Assembly between 1937 and 1939.
Contrary to the accepted thesis that they did nothing extraordinary in the Assembly, the
study tries to show that their performance was quite out of the ordniary, particularly in
terms of defining and defending nationalism against prejudiced attacks of ther opponents
and helping in formulating policies. Considering the fact the the women members are only
thirteen in number (out of a total 228) their achievements are truly noteworthy.
The book points out the positive nature of the participation of women in the
nation-building process in the United Provinces."
1. Women, Education and Politics in the United Provinces : An Overview, 1916-1942
2. National Education and Its Impact
3. Women and the Nationalist Upsurge in Allahabad
4. Conservatives become Radicals in Lucknow
5. Agra Women Storm Male Bastions
6. Women of Almora Arise
7. Nationalism versus Self-Determination: Upsurge in the Assembly