Savitribai Phule

Savitribai phule
  • Pioneer in providing education for girls and ostracized portions of society.
  • First female teacher in India (1848) and opened a school for girls with her husband, Jyotiba Phule.
  • In 1853, Savitribai and Jyotiba established an education society that opened more schools for girls and women from all classes, in surrounding villages.
  • Oppressed classes were forbidden from drinking water from the common village well. Jyotiba and Savitribai dug a well in their backyard for them to drink water from. This move caused a furore in 1868.
  • She went on to establish a shelter (1864) for destitute women and played a crucial role in grooming Jyotiba Phule’s pioneering institution, Satyasodhak Samaj, (1873) that fought for equality of all classes.
  • Her life is heralded as a beacon of women’s rights in India. She is often referred to as the mother of Indian feminism.
  • In 1873, Savitribai started the practice of Satyasodhak Marriage, where couples took an oath of education and equality.
  • During the bubonic plague of Maharashtra in 1897, she opened a clinic for plague victims in Hadapsar, Pune.
  • She wrote Kavya Phule, Bhavan Kashisubodh Ratnakar and Go get education
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