In 1905, “ Sultana's Dream,” a science fiction short story of feminist utopia, appeared in the pages of The Indian Ladies' Magazine. Social languages were off-limits for fear that they would expose women to ideas outside the social norm. Likewise, the UN’s campaign for gender equality invites everyone to be involved in the progress under the slogan called “He For She” (Watson, 2014). Sultana’s Dream is a feminist utopia as it attempts to challenge patriarchal oppression by providing women with a lesson on self determination and worth. Women are shown as scientific researchers and men being capable of advancing military power. In her book Love, Power and Knowledge, Rose reflects on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as an exploration of the dangers of science, “which denies women and love their part in creation.” Stories like these led the way in offering alternative realities that transcend what Rose describes as “men’s violent relationship with nature” and the possibility of freeing minds enslaved by colonialism and patriarchy. Mahmudul Hasan. Sultana and Sister Sara. Why do social media influencers fail to use their influence to challenge structures of caste, class, and gender, and often continue to perpetuate existing power structures that they benefit from. Even within a well-educated family like Rokeya’s, only languages useful for reading the Quran, like Arabic, were allowed for women. "Just as we women are kept in Zenana? Rokeya’s feminist movement differs from today’s version of feminism practised in South Asia. Despite this, Hossain’s brother taught her Bengali and English in secret, and soon she saw the value and power of women’s education. In an era when Namboodiri women weren't allowed to be seen by another man, Thathri Kutty used her sexuality to question the misogynist system. The story constantly reminds the reader of the social and religious customs plaguing women’s emancipation. Maybe, that is why many of the American universities like the Illinois State University has included Rokeya’s texts as part of its feminist studies” (Rifat, 2010). Women’s brain are more quicker than men’s. The publication of her “Sultana’s Dream” (1905) marks the embryo of the then Indian women’s awakening and a vision for people, workers, leaders, thinkers, educators and the stakeholders who dream of ‘gender equality’. In this utopian world, women rule and men are content with their places in the kitchen. Seemingly, her dream comes true more or less because, in line with her vision, girls’ schools, women’s colleges, separate women’s universities come into being in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Pakistan, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal as well as across the globe. Welcomed by Sister Sara, Sultana is taken on a tour of this revolutionary nation, a futuristic utopia founded on feminist science, which seeks knowledge and peace rather than wealth and power. Sultana’s Dream hardly questions the discrimination perpetuated through gender binaries. Sultana’s Dream is a piece written by most prolific Muslim woman intellectual Rokeya Shekhawat, published The Ladies Magazine She spoke against the patriarchy in Muslim community. And so sociologists and philosophers of science of recent decades have sought a new science. December 14, 2019 00:00:00. In her ideas, Rokeya was decades ahead of her time, critiquing not only the close relationship between science and patriarchy but also that between science and the colonial powers that controlled India at the time of her writing. Image credit: Cover of “Sultana’s Dream.” Text by Begum Rokheya Sakhawat Hossain and illustrations by Durga Bai for ‘Sultana's Dream.’ Original Edition ©️Tara Books Pvt Ltd, Chennai, India www.tarabooks.com. She in Sultana’s Dream pleads for women’s mandatory education that “…all the women in her country should be educated. She delineated gender discrimination, early marriage, extreme forms of purdah (seclusion) in Bengali Muslim society, and social customs without any camouflage in Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag (1924). As the first magazine in India established and edited by a woman for women, the periodical was an ideal fit for Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s “Sultana's Dream,” one of the earliest science fiction stories written by a woman. One example of bad science that has resulted in male-domination of the sciences is in scientific studies of women, which historically have rationalized gender stereotypes and led to patriarchal control of women’s bodies.