GLORIA STEINEM

Vandana Shah

No, I Don't Need A 35% Discount On Cosmetic Surgery To Celebrate Women's Day

Recently, an exclusive 'country club' invited me as a speaker for their International Women's Day programme. They said that they wanted the women in the audience to be inspired by my story of triumphing over adversity and rebuilding my life despite starting with only ₹750 in my bank account. As I considered the speaking engagement, I asked them about the overall theme of the discussion. Their proud reply had me gobsmacked: 'Beautifying yourself through cosmetic surgery'. Is this what women's empowerment is about?