Links & Books


The World Before Her
The film's website provides interesting production notes, along with general information and press about the film.

Miss India Pageant
The pageant website includes contest rules and news coverage, along with contestant interviews and diaries.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad
The official website of the Hindu nationalists seen in the film explains the movement's philosophy, activities and goals.


Beauty and Body Image
Feminspire: "Skin Lightening, Racial Identity and Beauty Standards: Stop the Madness!"
In this blog post, Teah Abdullah connects skin lightening with colonialism. The post includes examples of skin lightening cream ads.

The Guardian: "Racism and Skin Colour: The Many Shades of Prejudice"
Bim Adewunmi looks at issues surrounding skin lightening.

Object: "Why OBJECT to Beauty Pageants?"
This UK-based human rights organization focuses on combating the objectification of women and offers a fact sheet about issues with beauty pageants.

Gender Issues in India

The website of this Indian organization focused on philanthropy for social change includes a downloadable version of a report titled "Owning Her Future: Empowering Adolescent Girls in India."

India Together
On a page dedicated to women and women's issues, this online news organization provides articles on daily issues confronting women in India.

Justice for Women
This is the website for an initiative started in response to highly publicized rapes; it provides young Indian women's perspectives on life in India.

Gender Issues Around the World

International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
Enter "India" as a search term to find specific information about women in that nation on this organization's website.

United Nations: WomenWatch
The United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality aggregates information on U.N. programs, treaties and statements related to gender equality on this page. Enter "India" as a search term to find country-specific documents.