Savithribai Phule: The first Indian feminist

“Feminism — A world war”, The feminist theory aims to comprehend gender imbalance and sheds light on gender legislative issues, power relations, and sexuality. While giving an evaluation of these social and political relations, a lot of women activists’ hypothesis likewise centers around the advancement of women’s privileges and interests.

Savitribai Phule — Indian social reformer, educationalist, and poet from Maharashtra, played an important role in improving women’s life. She is viewed as the mother of Indian feminism. She enrolled in two educator’s training programs. After completing her teaching education, she started teaching girls at the Maharwada in Pune.

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Savitribai Phule was also a prolific author and poet. She published Kavya Phule and Bavan Kashi Subodh Ratnakar. And also a poem titled “Go, Get Education” in which she supported those who were mistreated and helped them in getting an education. Because of her experience and work, she turned into an enthusiastic feminist. She built up the Mahila Seva Mandal to bring to light, issues concerning women’s privileges. She additionally required a general gathering area for women that was liberated from caste discrimination or differentiation of any kind. Emblematic of this was the equality that every woman there got, to sit on the same mat, as this was a period when untouchability was practiced at its peak. She opened a women’s shelter called the Home for the Prevention of Infanticide, where Brahmin widows could deliver their babies and could leave them off for adoption if so required.

Savitribai Phule battled against treachery against women when they were exposed to mistreatment such as child marriage, female infanticide, dowry, etc. She was also the founder of India’s first girl’s school. the legacy goes on and on.

At a time when women were only considered as second-grade citizens and were confined to staying home and taking care of the household chores, she was the first one to come out, today if we see women in the forefront on almost all fields its also because of that first step she took. She was ridiculed, she was both physically and emotionally abused but she continued to do what she did. she opened up schools, shelter homes for widows, rape victims, clinics, she read, she wrote and tried to battle almost all evils at once.

she and her husband are considered one of the most liberal social reformers of the 18th century, 2 centuries later women continue to fight for the same issues and basic rights but on a very different level.

Feminism is not about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

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