Public Policy Through Feminist Lens

It highlights how interventions in public policy are central for changing the ground for women.

Our Public Intellectual Spaces Are Women Free


26th August 2014, The HOOT



Vol - XLIX No. 16, April 19, EPW, 2014; Devaki Jain

Indian Women: Contemporary essays (2014)


Publications Division, Understanding Leadership: Lessons from the Women's Movement; ed. Omita Goyal, Interrogating Women's Leadership and Empowerment, 2014.

Passion: Driving the Feminist Movement Forward


Devaki Jain, From: Journal of Women's History, Volume 24, Number 4, Winter 2012

"Mrinal sought to empower women"


Jul 20, 2012 – Devaki Jain , Asian Age

One for Womanhood

The Hindu, Jan 2012, ATHIRA M

The First Challengers


Devaki Jain, Making It: Industry for Development is published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), 2012

Harvesting Feminist Knowledge for Public Policy


Jain, Devaki, and Diane Elson, Sage, 2012

"Once were Warriors"? In Making a Difference


Jain, Devaki. edited by Ritu Menon, 105-122. New Delhi: Women Unlimited, 2011

The Injustice Of It All


DEVAKI JAIN, a symposium on the role of women in post-conflict situations, Women and Peace, 2011

Feminist Economists Engage with India's Eleventh Five Year Plan


By Syeda Hameed and Devaki Jain, assisted by Priyanka Mukherjee and Divya Alexander. Paper for the IAFFE conference on Engendering Economic Policy, Boston 2009

Shifting Our Platform: In Response to Current Ground Level Phenomena


By Devaki Jain and Shubha Chacko Speech at 4th World Congress of Rural Women (Theme: Current Developments On Issues Pertaining to Rural Women) Durban, Republic of South Africa, April 23-26, 2007

To Be or Not to Be


The Location of Women in Public Policy: The Problematique of Gendering Public Policy In: Economic & Political Weekly Issue : VOL 42 No. 08, February 24, 2007

This paper discusses some of the problems women face in gendering public policy. The paper elaborates on how women's collective identity can be forceful politically when backed by knowledge and gives examples of this from Karnataka. New developments in decentralisation of governance have opened possibilities for women's agency at the local level. Paradoxically, developments at the global level have the possibility of undermining this process. The author argues that we can only therefore confront this not by integrating into the existing development paradigm and attempting small changes at the local level but by evolving a different development paradigm that will ensure justice for the majority of the poor and women.

Invoking Gyana, Women's Knowing, as a Vehicle for Rebellion


A background paper for the Casablanca Dream meeting "Women Weave Peace into Globalisation", Morocco, January 12-15, 2007

Engendering Public Policy-1


A Report on the Work of the Working Group of Feminist Economists during the Preparation of the Eleventh Five Year Plan: 2007-2012

Women, Public Policy and the New World Order

Lecture delivered on May 2, 2006 Jagori & Sangat in Collaboration with India Habitat Centre

Feminism and Feminist Expression: A Dialogue


In: "Culture and the Making of Identity in Contemporary India", p. 184 Edited by Kamala Ganesh, Usha Thakkar Sage 2005

The collection of 17 original essays, provides insights into the many ways in which the interrelated issues of culture, identity and 'Indianness' are expressed in contemporary times. The contributors map and evaluate the developments in their respective fields over the past 50 years and cover the topics of art, music, theatre, literature, philosophy, science, history and feminism.

Rethinking the need for and structure of the national machineries for women's advancement


Paper prepared for United Nations, Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW): "The role of national mechanisms in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women: achievements, gaps and challenges" Rome, Italy, 29 November 2004 - 2 December 2004 (9 pages)

How Women's Leadership Can Transform The Nation: Durgabai Showed The Way

Lecture in honour of Smt. Durgabai Deshmukh, Hyderabad July 15, 2004

Women's Participation in the History of Ideas: The Importance of Reconstructing Knowledge

Paper presented at National Institute for Advanced Studies, Bangalore, February 6, 2004

Narratives from the Women's Studies Family: Recreating Knowledge


Edited by Devaki Jain and Pam Rajput New Delhi, Sage Publications, 2003 (388 pages)

The existence of women's studies, whether as an academic discipline or as an activity centre, is fraught with paradox. On one hand, it is a landmark achievement in the journey to gender justice, on the other, it is an evocative symbol of the discrimination, which causes its being. These and other ironies are explored in this book, which records the early history of the women's movement in India by documenting the activities and opinions of 17 women's studies centres from across the country. Speaking from their specific subjective context, the contributors add a valuable new dimension to the global discussion on what it is to be 'the second sex' and the fulfilment of having 'a room of one's own'.

Valuing Women - Signals From The Ground

Paper presented at a seminar on "Cultural diversity and universal norms", University Maryland, USA, June 1, 2001

The vocabulary of women's politics


Seventeen Essays and Articles New Delhi : Friedrich Ebert Stiftung 2000 (469 pages)

Women's Conference - Journeys: What have we not done? Were have we gone wrong?


Paper presented in CONGO Special Session, June 3, 2000

The Torture of Women: Some Dimensions

Paper presented at VII International Symposium on Torture, New Delhi September 1999

For Women to Lead ... Ideas and Experiences From Asia

A Study On Legal and Political Impediments to Gender Equality in Governance By Jain, Devaki., Assisted by Ms. Supriti Bezbaruah National Commission For Women (India), October 1997 (84 pages)

Women and Ethical Leadership


In: "Women's Leadership and the Ethics of Development" By Bella Abzug and Devaki Jain Gender in Development Monograph Series #4. UNDP, August 1996 (11 pages)

India - a Condition across Caste and Class


In: Robin Morgan, ed., "Sisterhood is Global", p. 305 Feminist Press, 1996 (832 pages)

Capitalising on Restlessness: Women's Opportunity to Transform Leadership

Inaugural address delivered at Commonwealth Universities Meet, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, November 15,1995 Published in: Devaki Jain: "Minds, Bodies, and Exemplars: Reflections at Beijing and Beyond", New Delhi, 1996, p. 25-34.

World Conference on Women: An Indian Perspective

In: Mainstream, August 26, 1995

Is There a Special Quality in Women's Leadership?

Keynote address to the national conference of University Women's Associations in Madra, 1995

The Leadership Gap: A Challenge to Feminists

Presidential Address, Indian Association of Women's Studies Conference, Mysore 1993

Women: New Visions of Leadership

A presentation at the Global Forum of Women. Dublin, July 9-12, 1992

Perspective Emerging from Women's Experience


In: Anima Bose, ed., "Peace and Conflict Resolution in the World Community" New Delhi, Vikas Publishing House, 1991 (208 pages)

Women Religion and Social Change


In: Hemlata Swarup, Sarojini Bisaria a.o., eds., "Women, Politics and Religion", p. 331 AC Brothers, 1991

Papers presented at the International Seminar on "Women, Religion, and Politics".

Power: Through the looking glass of feminism


In: Monique Leijenaar a.o., eds., "The Gender of Power" (Book of abstracts), Leiden, VENA, 1987

Speaking of Faith: Global Perspectives on Women, Religion and Social Change


Cross-cultural perspectives on women, religion and social change Edited by Diana L. Eck and Devaki Jain Library Company of Philadelphia, 1987 (288 pages)

Indian Women, Today and Tomorrow

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 1983 (40 pages)

Indian Women


Edited by Devaki Jain New Delhi (Publications Division of Ministry of Information), 1975 312 pages