Selected excerpts from India- Wings of Fire
Jumped In (Captain Lakshmi Sahgal): "Lakshmi Sahgal" by Soman - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons -
For hundreds of years, the British had influence over India through trade, but in the mid-19th century the “British Raj” marked  the formal rule of the United Kingdom over the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) which lasted from 1858 to 1947. The region was also less commonly called British India or the Indian Empire.
Sarojini NaiduJustice Anna ChandyCaptain Lakshmi Sahgal
Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949) was an activist, a poet, the first woman governor of an Indian state, and the first Indian woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress, a major political party in India. (top picture)

Sucheta Kriplani (1908–1974) was the first woman Chief Minister in India and actively took part in the Indian independence movement. She worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi and was elected to the Constituent Assembly and participated in the subcommittee that drafted the Indian Constitution.

Justice Anna Chandy (1905–1996) was the first female judge in India, and the first woman in India to become a High Court judge. (middle picture)

Captain Prem Mathur was the first woman commercial pilot in India in 1947. She went on to win the National Air Race in 1950.

Asima Chatterjee (1917–2006) was a noted Indian chemist, working in the fields of organic chemistry, and phytomedicine. She was the first Indian woman to receive the Doctorate of Science from an Indian university.

Captain Lakshmi Sahgal (1914–2012) studied medicine, became an officer of the Indian National Army, and a famed Indian independence revolutionary. She is known for her efforts in creating the Rani of Jhansi regiment (women’s regiment of the Indian National Army). She gained a lot of support as women joined her and she became known as Captain Lakshmi. (bottom picture)
India- Wings of Fire, page 19
But no matter how powerful these Indian women may have been, the culture was shifting so fast that even the hardcore warriors were powerless to stop it. By the mid-19th century, girls by the millions were being married off as children and almost completely uneducated.

Looking back 100 years, suddenly it was easier to see how the ASHA girls might have felt lucky.

Overall, things remained pretty bleak for Indian women until BRITISH COLONISTS began to speak out against the whack practices and address the rights of women and girls. Interestingly, as soon as the door started to open, Indian women JUMPED IN and started getting stuff done again.

From my late-night, highly caffeinated standpoint, it seemed like subservient women were not, in fact, part of Indian culture. On the contrary, it seemed more like GSD was a part of Indian females’ DNA.

And if that were true, would it be possible for those warrior-women to rise again?