January 3, 2020 marks the birthday of Savitribai Phule, a 19th century social reformer who has many accomplishments to her credit, mostly towards education of women in India.She was also a poet and many of her poems were about the need to get educated.
As a social reformer, Savitribai Phule had set up a care program for widows and led campaigns against caste-based discrimination. She also campaigned against Sati tradition, child marriage and other social evils.
Savitribai Phule had set up ‘Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha‘ to prevent female infanticide and killing of widows and pregnant rape victims. She also set up ‘Satyashodhak Samaj‘ along with her husband Jyotirao Phule which supported inter-caste marriages.
Savitribai Phule’s legacy lives on today and her contribution towards women education are hugely respected.
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