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Women We Admire: Usha Peddamatham

As a child, I was influenced by a Kannada novelist who went by her pen name 'Triveni' who, ahead of her time, wrote women centric novels that highlighted gender inequality and male domination in a marriage. Being an avid reader I had access to my grandfather's library of books during my summer visits. The plight of women in those literary works resonated with me and I became a staunch supporter of women's causes, including Daya since its inception.

I always questioned gender inequality and became a feminist before that word was invented. In fact I had made sure that my would-be husband would agree that we were equals before I said 'yes' to the alliance. That was 44 years ago.

While I have been a long-term financial donor for Daya, I believe that frontline volunteers and staff are the backbone of the organization. Without their selfless and passionate involvement Daya could not thrive and grow.

I am so thankful that I have had the means to support an organization that is so close to my heart and feel proud of the giant strides made by Daya in 25 years. I really hope that the day will come when Daya will cease to exist – a time where there will be no longer any spousal abuse and women will thrive in happy relationships.

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