Savitribai Phule Fought for Women’s Equality in Education #WHM20 #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInSTEM #Education
Savitribai Phule was a powerful advocate in India’s push for equality. She was India’s first female teacher and opened multiple schools. In a time when your gender and caste dictated your entire life, Savitribai took great risks for equality.
It is said that Savitribai used to carry an extra sari while walking towards her school as people used to hurl stones and dung at her, apart from verbal abuses. By the end of 1851, the Phules were running three schools in Pune with around 150 girl students. The teaching methods at their schools were believed to be better than government schools and soon the number of girls enrolled in Phule’s schools outnumbered that of the boys in government schools.
Savitribai was also a fiery author and poetess. She published Kavya Phule in 1854 and Bavan Kashi Subodh Ratnakar in 1892. In her poem, Go, Get Education, she urges the oppressed communities to get an education and break free from the chains of oppression.
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