Dr. Indumathi Venkatesh of the Freedom Generation

"I was in Trivandum, studying intermediate in the Maharaja’s College for Women. Actually Mountbatten was supposed to come to our college. They had asked me to garland him. But he never turned up. We hoisted the flag, and we were all excited and happy it was independence day. I had also participated in the Quit... Continue Reading →

Anjalai Amma of the Freedom Generation

  "My grandmother, Anjalai Amma was in jail for more than four and half years.She gave birth to her last son in the jail itself . My grand father Murugappa and my maternal aunt Leelavathy and her husband Jamadhagni were also freedom fighters.Her biography is included in viii std Tamil text book[second semester book]." Courtesy:... Continue Reading →

Leela Diraviam of the Freedom Generation

Leela Diraviam participated as a freedom fighter in underground work; passing messages and attending meetings shrouded in secrecy. She describes herself as a Gandhian. She said, “On that day, there was no TV. We heard the speech in parliament, that India awakes to life and freedom (sic). As soon as he (Nehru) said that India... Continue Reading →

We Make It happen: Srikala Ganapathy on running ‘Vedika 2 Empower’

"In 2010, as a Teacher and a Research scholar , I had a burning desire within me to reach beyond my family and reach community . I just brainstormed this idea with my two friends, Deepa and Lalitha. My friends expressed same passion and support and joined my hands in this journey. The discussions gave... Continue Reading →

‘We Make It Happen’: Swapna Kona Nayudu’s story

Swapna Kona Nayudu Job Title: Scholar of Peace Academic Fellow, Women in Security and Conflict Management Practices (WISCOMP), New Delhi, India. Field of Work: Kabul, Afghanistan. Dates: March, 2008. In 2008, I was awarded the Scholar of Peace academic fellowship by WISCOMP. The project was to study the representation of gender in the lower house... Continue Reading →

Malathi Jaikumar (nee Sundaram), B.A. English Literature, Loretto College, Calcutta, 1963

"My name is Malathi Jaikumar nee Sundaram. I graduated in English Literature - BA Hons from Loretto College, Calcutta in the year 1963. I was the first woman graduate on my mother's as well as my father's side of the family. Writing has always been my passion and I have been writing as far back... Continue Reading →

Malati Manohar Harshey, L.L.B. Jabalpur University, 1966

"My mother, Malati Manohar Harshey (1920-2003) The first woman graduate in our family, she was also graceful, wise and widely beloved. A self-made lady who stood out in her time and set an example for all the women in the family. Mummy was a firstborn child raised to an intellectual but submissive youth in the small town... Continue Reading →

P.R. Saraswathi, B.Com, Delhi University, 1973

"A few words on my mother: My mother completed her Diploma in Commercial Practice at Adyar Polytechnic Chennai and went on to complete her Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University by correspondence in 1973. All through her lifetime till day, she has perfectly managed to balance her relationship and career in the best way possible.... Continue Reading →

Dr. Gudipati Lalitha, B.Sc, Andhra University, 1961

 Dr. Lalitha on her graduation day (1961)      Receiving the Best Teacher Award  (being presented by the then CM of Andhra Pradesh N. Janardhan Reddy), 1988. Her social activities: contribution for a water storage tank at a village in 2003 Singing at a concert (her passion), Tirupathi, 2004"Dr. Gudipati Lalitha is the First Graduate (woman) in our family earning... Continue Reading →

Vasantha Swaminathan, B.A., Madras University, 1976.

"Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur (Tanjore District) on October 3rd 1945,  in a family of 8 as the 5th child and the last of the 3 girls, she was the first woman graduate of our family. Her dad Balakrishnan Thayagarajan was a headmaster (History Major) himself but she was the first woman graduate not only in this... Continue Reading →

Vasantha Kumary, M.A, Economics, Fathima Matha College, Kollam, Kerala, 1973

"My name is M.Vasantha Kumary. I am the 6th member of my family which consists of 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I am the first women in my family to get a degree. I got my degree in the year 1971 for Economics. I studied in Govt. Women's college, Vazhuthacaud Trivandrum, Kerala during 1968-71. I... Continue Reading →

Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro, B.A. St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, 1941

  (Photo taken in 1940) "The First Woman Graduate in My Family My mother, Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro, was the first woman graduate in her family. Born in 1919, she lived in Goa (then a colony of Portugal), where there were no facilities for University education. She was a brilliant student, finishing her SSC with distinction... Continue Reading →

S. Subhalakshmi, M.A. Presidency College, Chennai, 1951

"The first woman graduate in the extended family is my maternal aunt, Subhalakshmi, 84 years old, living in Chennai, who holds a Masters degree in Economics. She passed out of Presidency College, Madras in the year 1951 and was ranked second in the University of Madras. She is currently a writer who writes in English... Continue Reading →

Choodamani Raghavan, B.A, Madras University, 1959

  "I am Choodamani Raghavan and am the first woman graduate from a well known family of Chennai.I graduated in 1959 from Queen Marys College, Madras University in BA Economics . I am the grand daughter of K.S Krishnaswamy Iyengar a famous lawyer and High Court judge and daughter of K.S Vijayaraghavan Chief general manager... Continue Reading →

Susan Vergese, B.A, Ethiraj College, Chennai, 1977

  "I am Susan Vergese, wife of George Vergese. After schooling in Mumbai and thereafter in Chennai, I passed out from Ethiraj College, Chennai in 1977. I did a course at Cultural Academy, Chennai and then got married. I joined my father's business selling X-ray films. After my father's demise, I continued to run "The... Continue Reading →

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