Urvashi Butalia is an Indian feminist and historian. She is the Director and Co-founder of Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing house. She is also a consultant for Oxfam India and holds the position of Reader at the College of Vocational Studies at the University of Delhi. Butalia was born in Ambala, India and earned her B.A. in literature from Miranda House, Delhi University in 1971, a Masters in literature from Delhi University in 1973, and a Masters in South Asian Studies from the University of London in 1977. She set up her own publishing house called Zubaan Books in 2003. For her contribution to the nation, Butalia was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2011 jointly with Ritu Menon.