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Shelton Woods


This research seeks to recontextualize the understanding of the ways women resist power structures through examining the Chipko Movement. This modern social movement started in the early 1970s in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. The historical context of this innovative activism is framed through the lens of post-colonial, Gandhi-style nonviolence. The backbone of the demonstration consisted of women concerned with the preservation of their livelihoods. The assertive actions of these low-caste women created an awakening within the women of India that continues to reverberate with women currently agitating for equal rights. Based upon the scholarship of Vandana Shiva and Shobhita Jain, this research aims to reframe the understanding of the ways women resisted power structures within recent history.