Savitribai Phule was an Indian social reformer and poetess. She was born in 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra. She is like the idle for the many women in today’s world. She reminds us the importance of women in our society. Many of us have seen the picture of Savitribai Phule on the Google Doodle and thinking about know about the great woman. Here are some points about Savitribai Phule and her achievements. These will also tell us Who is Savitribai Phule?
Who is Savitribai Phule and what are her achievements?
Savitribai Phule was country’s first woman teacher.
Along with her husband, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, she played an important role in improving women’s rights in India during British rule.
Savitribai along with her husband founded the first women’s school at Bhide Wada in Pune in 1848.
She worked very hard to abolish discrimination and unfair treatment of people based on caste and gender.
She is regarded as an important figure of the Social Reform Movement in Maharashtra.
Savitribai wrote many poems against discrimination and advised to get educated.
She fought against the caste system and worked towards the upliftment of the marginalized.
The prestigious University of Pune was renamed to Savitribai Phule Pune University in 2014.
On 3 Jan 2017, Google Doodle is a tribute to Savitribai Phule.
Savitribai was taught to read and write by her husband, Jyotirao. As one of the very few indigenous literate women of the time, she played a full part in her husband’s social reform movement by becoming a teacher in the school.
Both she and her husband dedicated their lives to building a movement for equality between men and women and a fight against the caste system and remain shining examples for social reformers fighting for gender equality.
In her all schools, Savitrabai always teaches her students about cleanness, importance of education, importance of books, importance of parents and teachers in their life, responsibilities towards their parents, communities and nation, importance of English language as a knowledge source, how to find the simplest way to learn new things.
Poems of Savitribai Phule
Go, Get Education
Be self-reliant, be industrious
Work, gather wisdom and riches,
All gets lost without knowledge
We become animal without wisdom,
Sit idle no more, go, get education
End misery of the oppressed and forsaken,
You’ve got a golden chance to learn
So learn and break the chains of caste.
Throw away the Brahman’s scriptures fast.
— Poem by Savitribai Phule