The first-generation modern Indian feminist- Savitribai Phule
Today is the born anniversary of a great lady who stood up for women and is called as a first modern Indian feminist. Let us know who was she why was she known as the women who build the foundation for women empowerment in India.
A woman who taught Indians the real meaning of women empowerment, Savitribai Phule was a social activist and poetess.
She was born on 2nd January 1831 into a family of farmers in Naigaon, Maharashtra. She was married to 12-year-old Jyotirao Phule at an early age of 9. She played an important role in fighting for women’s right at the time when people hardly identified the grievances of women in India.
She along with her husband stood up to fight injustice against the women during the British rule in India. She is proudly described as “one of the first-generation modern Indian feminists.”
She did a lot to raise the condition of women in India. She was a child bride who stood up against the discrimination. At a very young age of seventeen, where most of the present day girls are busy building their own career, she opened the first women school at Bhide Wada in Pune in 1848.
She was the first one to raise the voice against the injustice done to the young widows. The widows at that time were used to shave their heads and wear a simple red sari and live a life of austerity. She organized a strike against the barbers in order to persuade them to stop shaving the heads of the widows.
She also noticed the plight of women who were the victims of sexual harassment and stood up for them. She opened a care center called “Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha”(Infanticide Prohibition house) for the pregnant rape victims in order to help them deliver their children.
Phule also worked to abolish discrimination and unfair treatment of people based on caste and gender. She found the treatment of the untouchables and opened a well in her house to serve drinking water for all those who were refused by the upper caste.
She died peacefully on 10 March 1897 taking care of the patients suffering from bacterial infection.