'British Women Missionaries in Bengal, 1793-1861' focuses on the participation of British women in mission work in Bengal, and the challenges faced by them in between 1793 to 1861 especially when travelling to India or working in missions was neither a spontaneous nor an acceptable career decision for white women. The advent of the Baptist missionary, William Carey in Bengal in 1793, and later the others who followed him, significantly altered the ways mission activity was perceived in India. From Hannah Marshman who helped her more famous missionary husband Joshua Marshman to open schools for girls, to Mary Ann Cooke, the first single woman missionary to come and work in India, and finally to Hannah Catherine Mullens who began work in the zenanas, was a long journey which helped professionalize women’s missionary work in the colonies. Their work was a pioneering step which helped build a defining space and agency for women’s activities within a patriarchal colonial society. The book throws light on a key moment in colonial contact, a new interface between two races, religions and ways of life.