In The White Woman's Other Burden, Kumari Jayawardena re-evaluates the Western women who lived and worked in South Asia during the period of British rule. She tells the stories of many well-known women, including Katherine Mayo, Helena Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Madeleine Slade, and Mirra Richard and highlights the stories of dozens of women whose names have been forgotten today. In the course of this telling, Jayawardena raises the issues of race, class, and gender which are part of current debates among feminists throughout the world.

chapter |18 pages

Introduction: The Noble and the Ignoble

part |2 pages

Part I Saving the Sisters from the Sacred Cows

part |2 pages

Part II Mothering India

chapter 4|10 pages

Radical and Secular Reformers

chapter 5|16 pages

The Medicine Women

chapter 6|14 pages

"Children of Children"

part |2 pages

Part III "Consolation in an Alien Society"

chapter 8|12 pages

"Sandals in India and Shoes in the West"

chapter 9|12 pages

From London's West End to Jaffna

chapter 11|16 pages

"O Free Indeed! O Gloriously Free"

part |2 pages

Part IV White Women in Search of Black Gods

chapter 13|12 pages

Irish Rebellion and "Muscular Hinduism"

chapter 14|12 pages

From Admiral's House to Gandhi's Ashram

chapter 15|12 pages

The "Jewish Mother" of Pondicherry

part |2 pages

Part V Comrades in Arms

chapter 16|8 pages

Women and Revolution

chapter 17|16 pages

Comrade or Evil Temptress?

chapter 18|16 pages

Red Flags in the Emerald Isle