It’s only with awe that one can grasp the scale of what the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) has achieved in the 45 years since Bhatt decided to work for women workers in the unorganised, informal sector. In 1971, as a 39-year-old lawyer, Bhatt was working with textile workers in Ahmedabad when she realised how many women around her were economically active doing small jobs of various kinds but yet were informal labour.