Maria Mies is a German scholar and activist. She is the author of numerous groundbreaking works on women and globalization.

Among her books are Indian Women and Patriarchy (1980), The Lacemakers of Narsapur (1982; Spinifex Feminist Classic 2012), Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale: Women in the International Division of Labour (1986; reprinted 1999), Women: The Last Colony (1988), Ecofeminism, with Vandana Shiva (1993), and The Subsistence Perspective: Beyond the Globalised Economy (1999), with Veronika Bennholdt-Thomsen. There Is an Alternative: Subsistence and Worldwide Resistance to Corporate Globalization (2001) was published to celebrate the work of Maria Mies.

She is Professor of Sociology at the Fachhochschule in Cologne, Germany. In 1979, she established the Women and Development Programme at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. She has been active in the women's movement and in women's studies since the late 1960s and has published several books and many articles on feminist, ecological and Third World issues.

One of her main concerns is the development of an alternative approach in methodology and in economics. Having retired from teaching in 1993, she continues to be active in the women's and other social movements. In recent years she has been actively campaigning against the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

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