Ila Pathak


Ilaben Pathak born Gujarat, India May 23, 1933 (d. 2014). Pioneering feminist. Gandhian social reformer; linguistics professor. President, WILPF India; vice-president, WILPF International. Co-founded Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group (AWAG), 1981.


Threatened with guns, she replied: “Go on, shoot me if it will make you feel better, dear.” (Reema Jadela in WILPF obit, Jan. 17, 2014)

Her slogan: “Silence is not a virtue, Break the silence of oppression.” (photo