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This work within The SAGE Reference Series on Leadership provides undergraduate students with an authoritative reference resource on leadership issues specific to women and gender. Although covering historical and contemporary barriers to women’s leadership and issues of gender bias and discrimination, this two-volume set focuses as well on positive aspects and opportunities for leadership in various domains and is centered on the 101 most important topics, issues, questions, and debates specific to women and gender. Entries provide students with more detailed information and depth of discussion than typically found in an encyclopedia entry, but lack the jargon, detail, and density of a journal article.Key FeaturesProvides a list of further readings and references after each entry, as well as a detailed index and an online version of the work to maximize accessibility for today's student audience.
Chapter 52: Women as Leaders in Hinduism
Women as Leaders in Hinduism
Gargi, the ancestress, was a woman who participated in philosophical debates in ancient India (Roy, 1995). In the 11th century several women saints embarked on spiritual journeys on their own in spite of strong social disapproval (Kishwar & Vanita, 1989). More recently, there are examples of women who are accepted as enlightened souls transcending the limitations of gender (White, 1980), and there are examples of women gurus with large followings of their own (Young, 1993). At present Amma the hugging saint is popular in India and internationally and ...