Women and philanthropy in India

  • Pushpa Sundar 


Women's philanthropy has deep roots in India. A historical survey shows that despite their generally low socio-economic status, Indian women made significant contributions to social progress even while outside the formal power and profit structure. This article also analyses the role of religion, custom, caste and class, political and social movements, and the legal and political structure in motivating and facilitating as well as in restraining women's philanthropy. It is lack of economic independence and an enabling socio-legal structure that has inhibited social entrepreneurship among women, while sociopolitical movements have encouraged it.


Significant Contribution Social Movement Deep Root Social Entrepreneurship Indian Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pushpa Sundar 
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  1. 1.Indian Center for Phianthropy in DelhiIndia

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