Namita Bhandare is a journalist with close to 30 years of experience in such publications as Sunday magazine, India Today and Hindustan Times. She is one of the founding editors of Article-14, a news website. In 2014, she was appointed India's first gender editor for the Mint newspaper, a post she held for three years. Her 12-part series on India's declining female labour force participation for IndiaSpend won a Laadli media award. Bhandare holds a Master's degree in English Literature from St Stephens College as well as a Master's in Journalism from Stanford University. She continues to work as an independent journalist who writes primarily on gender issues.