For the Public Good
Women, Health, and Equity in Rural India
In one generation, village health workers have progressed from child brides and sequestered wives to knowledgeable health practitioners, valued teachers, and community leaders. Through collective efforts, CRHP has reduced infant and maternal mortality, eliminated some endemic health problems, and advanced economic well-being in villages with women's cooperative lending groups.
This book describes how the recognition and elimination of embedded inequalities—in this case caste discrimination, gender subordination, and class injustice—promote health and well-being and collaboratively establish the public good.
Chapter 1: Two Hundred and Fifty Miles East of Bombay
Chapter 2: The Endemic Problem of Caste and Gender Inequality
Chapter 3: Health is What Women Do: Transitions and Transformations
Chapter 4: “Why Are You Sitting at Home Being Oppressed?”: Becoming a Village Health Worker
Chapter 5: Women and Child Health: You Will Give Birth to a Beautiful Baby
Chapter 6: Money in Her Hand: Mahila Vikas Mandal
Chapter 7: Standing on My Own: Women and Equity
Conclusion: Local Solutions to Global Problems