A woman in India has traditionally been defined by her relationship to men and introduced as his wife or mother. Women accepted this, just as they accepted that they should be the only ones cooking and cleaning while their husbands made all the decisions.
In so many ways, however, the world of the artisans has changed. Mumbai, where they came after they got married, was very different from the villages where they grew up. When they found that money was tight and their husbands did not seem to be concerned about school fees or supplies, clothes, or even food, they decided to forge a new path.
They were determined to work and use their money for their children's education. Earning and being part of the cooperatives gave them new status and confidence to express their opinions in their homes.
They have worked hard to have a voice and change their destiny and that of their children. And they smile when their children are introduced as their mothers' sons and daughters.