Google Doodle honours Savitribai Phule on her 186th
birthday Google paid tribute to Savitribai Phule on her 186th birth anniversary. (Photo courtesy: Google)
homepage today shows a woman embracing several others with a motherly grace.
The woman on the Google Doodle today is Savitribai Phule, the pioneer of women
empowerment in India. Born today in 1831, she is considered one of the most
important figures in social reform movement in Maharashtra.
Phule, along with her husband Jyotirao Phule, founded the first women's school
in Bhide Wada in Pune in 1848. She became the first woman teacher and
headmistress in the whole country. In 2014, the University of Pune was named
Savitribai Phule University in her honour.
spoke and worked against caste and gender-based discrimination of people. She
was married at the young age of nine to 13-year-old Jyotirao. Later in her life
she stood up against the plight of women. She protested against widows shaving
their heads and also opened a care centre, Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha, for
pregnant rape victims to help them with labour. The couple's adopted son was
also born to a Brahmin widow.
was also a poet, her poems were also about discrimination , illiteracy and
other ills of the society.
opened a clinic with her son Yashwantrao Gupta to help those affected by the
bubonic plague. She caught the disease herself while treating the patient and
later succumbed to it on March 10, 1897.