Authored by Bela C Baby, Assistant Professor Nirmala Arts and Science College, Mulanthuruthy

Exploitation or oppression of women by men is as old as mankind itself. Women’s movement since the inception of its organized form has given birth to a profusion of literary works, and has in turn, been spurred and popularized by the literature associated with it. Unlike other sections in society, the struggle of women relies heavily on literature. Their protest at  bottom is against the underlying ideology of the society and as a result they are destined to face it. Literature turns out to be the only available vehicle for their self-expression. Thus there is a close affinity between women’s movement and the literature that accompanies it than is usually seen between public events and literary activities. (Keralavarma 54).