The Feminine Way

Ela Bhatt has to be one of India’s most influential change-makers. She founded and led self-help group SEWA – or the Self-Employed Women’s Association – that has transformed the lives of nearly two million women and their families.

So, when the diminutive Ms. Bhatt (80) stepped up to the stage at the India International Centre in New Delhi last week to pay tribute to an icon of the feminist movement, Gloria Steinem, the audience was in a mood to listen.

Reading from a prepared text at an event organised by Apne Aap Women Worldwide to release a collection of Ms. Steinem’s writings, the SEWA founder used the occasion to set out a life philosophy, which she chose to call the Feminine Way. Continue Reading.