New Delhi, Jan. 26 -- The strength and resilience shown by women in the ongoing protests across India on the citizenship law has amazed many. While Deepika Padukone's appearance at Jawaharlal Nehru University sent the media into a frenzy, the manner in which women, especially Muslim women, came out in huge numbers has given the protest movement visibility, depth and strength. But there have been several movements in India in which women took the lead.

A recent one which comes to mind is the #MeToo movement. Following the momentum in the West, women in India, especially professionals, emboldened by public support, came out with their stories of sexual violence and harassment. Many powerful men were laid low, but unfortunately, the movement ...