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Published: 03 December 2019

216 Pages | 8 colour illus.

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199408672

Bookseller Code (06)


Widows and Daughters

Gender, Kinship, and Power in South Asia

Anna Suvorova and Daniel Dynin

This book outlines the so called 'contemporary Asian matriarchate'. In the twentieth century, six women have held the office of prime minister in South Asia. The pioneers were Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka-the world's first female prime minister-and Indira Gandhi, who headed the government of India. They were followed by Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Sheikh Hasina Wajed and Begum Khaleda Zia, who held same position in Bangladesh, and Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Sri Lankan President. Why should countries so long associated with patriarchy and the subordination of women be the focus for so many politically prominent females?


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