This book is an attempt to retrieve the hidden agenda of the many women in history. It discusses women’s activism and political aims, dearth of women’s participation in mainstream Sri Lankan politics and documents their active involvement in alternative political movements such as the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) being the most prominent examples. It also analyses the women’s exclusion from political life in terms of wider debate-the issue of male hegemony which is part of the Sri Lankan culture.