Today’s Google Doodle salutes a woman we all should be proud of. One of India’s early feminists who took bold steps at a time Indian society was discriminatory towards women and treated them as second class citizens.
Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was born on 3 January 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra.
A a social reformer and poet who stood up against injustices to women.
— Prasar Bharati (@prasarbharati) January 2, 2017
Considered one of India’s early feminists, she was instrumental in opposing child marriage and discrimination based on caste and gender.
Savitribai founded the first women’s school at Bhide Wada in Pune in 1848 along with her husband Jyotirao Phule. They encouraged children of people then called ‘untouchables.’¬†And had to endure a lot of abuse at the hands of the orthodox society of Pune but remained resilient and promoted fairness.
Was instrumental is transforming lives of young widows as a fall out of child marriage under the British rule. Young widows who become targets of lust by men and become pregnant were ousted by society for no fault of theirs. Their own families would disown them and that’s when Savitribai and Jyotirao started a home for widows to help such women.
The Government of Maharashtra has instituted an award in her name to recognize women social reformers.
Tiffany Wayne described her as one of India’s early feminists, hats off to her.
Remembering the Pioneer of Women Empowerment & First female teacher of India, #SavitribaiPhule on her Birth Anniversary today.