Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Profile

Anu Bhagwati

Equal Rights Advocate

More From Anu

In this video

Tagged as

Anu Bhagwati is the Executive Director of the Service Women's Action Network, an organization that advocates on behalf of servicewomen, and women veterans.

Anu 's Biography

Place of Birth: New York City
Childhood Ambitions: To become a Senator or get her PhD.
Favorite Childhood Memory: Drinking hot chocolate with her parents.
Career Inspiration: She became inspired to join the military after watching the film G.I. Jane.

Anu Bhagwati is the Executive Director for the Service Women’s Action Network, an organization that supports, defends and empowers servicewomen and women veterans. Bhagwati was a former Captain and Company Commander in the Marine Corps, serving as a Marine officer from 1999-2004. She was the second woman to complete the Marine Corps Marial Arts Program instructor trainer school, earning a black belt in close combat techniques. 
Joining the Marine Corps had been a dream of hers as a child, yet Bhagwati could not stomach the sexual harassment, misogyny, racism and homophobia present in the organization. A formal complaint she made against her second-in-command who was harassing female NCOs was disregarded, and Bhagwati realized she would only be able to remedy the abuses in the military from the outside. She was honorably discharged in 2004, and helped to launch the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) in 2007. 

Related Videos

Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Filmmaker & Advocate

Jennifer Siebel Newsom was already an accomplished women by the time she went knocking on Hollywood's door at the age of 28. She had graduated with honors from Stanford Univers...

Bonnie Schaefer
Bonnie Schaefer
CEO & Philanthropist

Bonnie Schaefer is the former co-CEO and co-Chairman of the Board of Claire’s Stores, Inc., the leading international costume jewelry and accessories retailer for tweens, tee...

Mia Herndon
Mia Herndon
Feminist Organizer

Mia Herndon is the former Executive Director at Third Wave Foundation, a national feminist fund dedicated to supporting the social justice vision of young women, transgender and ge...

Guo Jianmei
Guo Jianmei
China's First Public Interest Lawyer

Guo Jianmei is a human rights activist, lawyer and founder of the Women’s Legal Research and Services Center. Born into a family of peasants in 1960, Jianmei witnessed severe...