Here's an excerpt from this beautifully written feature, which begins with the girls entering a factory floor where garments are being sewn for Marks & Spencer:
The new girls smell of the village. ... The tailors glance up for only a moment, long enough to take in an experiment. The new workers — teenagers, most of them — have been recruited from remote villages to help factories like this one meet the global demand for cheap garments. But there is also social engineering going on.Barry goes on to explain the motivation behind that social engineering: India's gross domestic product would increase 27% if female employment were on par with male employment. According to a 2012 survey, 205 million Indian women aged 15-16 "attend to domestic work." Economists say that will have to change if India is to realize its potential.