Malini Bhattacharya was Professor of English and Director of the School of Women's Studies at Jadavpur University till her retirement in 2003. She was a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, from 1989 to 1996. She was also Member, West Bengal Commission for Women (WBCW) from 1998 to 2004, Member, National Commission for Women (NCW) from 2005 to 2008, and then Chairperson, WBCW. Malini Bhattacharya has written and published plays and songs on women's issues in Bengali, and has edited anthologies of short stories of Manik Bandyopadhyay and Somen Chanda in English translation, apart from editing a collection of articles on 'Globalization: Perspectives in Women's Studies'. Her other areas of interest and research include the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), folk culture, women and media.