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Savitribai Phule Birth Anniversary: Remembering India’s First Woman Teacher

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| January 3 , 2019 , 12:02 IST

The nation celebrated the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule, a leading social reformer of her time, on Thursday.

She was a crusader for women empowerment as she broke all hurdles and spent her life spreading the noble cause of women’s education.

She was born in Naigaon in Satara and was married off early. She was married at the age of 9 to Jyotirao Phule.

Both husband and wife were actively involved in social reform and strived for the betterment of the society.

She started the first school in Pune in the year 1848 and became first woman teacher in the country. In her lifetime she built 18 such schools in the region.

Regarded as the first woman teacher in India, Savitribai Phule was also known as the founder of India’s first girls’ school along with her husband Jyotirao Phule.

She fought casteism and patriarchy when few others had, spoke about the need for education and wrote poems against discrimination.

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She was the reason thousands of women liberated and started living to fulfill their dreams. She vigorously fought and raised her voice against society’s ignorant, archaic and barbaric views with regards to women.

Even after the death of Jyotirao in 1890, she continued to run the Satyashodhak Samaj until her death.

Maharashtra government in a tribute to Savitribai Phule renamed Pune University in her name in 2014. Savitribai died of an infection in 1897.