U. Kalpagam is Professor at the G. B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. She has published extensively on gender and development issues among others, including Labour and Gender: Survival in Urban India (1994). She has also co-edited Labour and Poverty (2004), Development and Empowerment (2006) and Rural Women in South Asia (2007).
Jaya Arunachalam is Founder and President of Working Women’s Forum (India). A leading activist and development professional, she has been a spokesperson for poor women, and her grassroots mobilization strategy has spearheaded a movement of poor women using micro-credit intervention. She is the recipient of numerous awards nationally and internationally. She has published Women’s Equality (2005) and co-edited Rural Women in South Asia (2007).