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Savitribai Phule Biography

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Savitribai Phule was a renowned poet and social reformer. Born in Naigon, Maharashtra on the 3rd of January in the year 1831, she was brought up in Marathi culture. Savitribai Phule, along with her husband Jyotibai Phule, made an immense contribution in improving the structure of women’s rights in India during the British reign. In the year 1848, the couple together founded the first women’s school in Pune in Bhide Wada region. She was also a prime endorser of gender equality and had successfully contributed in opposing gender discrimination throughout her life. Although she and her husband never had any kids of their own, they later adopted a child named Yashwantrao, who was the child of a Brahmin widow.

She taught in a list of schools to promote women’s education and became one of the most prominent entities in the Social Reform Movement of Maharashtra. She also attended the so-called untouchables in Pune, and taught them, and this brought in a lot of opposition and criticism from other orthodox societies of Pune, who condemned her initiative to educate girls and teach the untouchables too. For their immense contribution, in the year 1850, the Colonial Government of Bombay Presidency honoured the couple.

She was also referred to as one of the first modern Indian generation feminists and was applauded for her role in fighting for gender equality and opposing caste discriminations. She died on the 10th of March, 1897, while serving a plague patient, since during her service of tending to affected patients, she got herself contaminated as well.

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