Devaki Jain

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Devaki Jain (born 1933) is a feminist writer who has worked mainly in the field of feminist economics. In 2006 she was awarded the Padma Bhusan, the third highest civilian award from Government of India for her contribution to social justice and women empowerment. She is the wife of the Gandhian economist Lakshmi Chand Jain.

Personal life

Jain was born in Mysore, the daughter of M. A. Sreenivasan, sometime Dewan (Premier) of the princely state of Gwalior. a civil servant. Her paternal grandfather, Sir M. Madhava Rao, had been Dewan of Mysore state.

Jain studied at various convent schools in India and graduated with a degree in economics from Oxford university. She then taught that subject at Delhi University for several years. She married Lakshmi Chand Jain when she was 33 years old, which is late by Indian standards. Blessed with two sons, Jain resigned her job in 1969 to care for her family.

United Nations and International Networking

Through working on her book, Women in India, she involved herself in feminist issues. She took an active part in writing, lecturing, networking, building, leading, and supporting women.

Jain was founder of the Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) in New Delhi and served as director until 1994. She has also worked in the field of women’s employment and edited the book Indian Women for India’s International Women’s Year.

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