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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 ...

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