New Delhi: Women empowerment has become a top priority for the Indian government today, but the first Indian woman who pioneered the movement to provide education to girls has very little mention in the history books. The Congress on Saturday paid tribute to Savitribai Phule, who along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule, founded the first school for women in Pune and became India's first women teacher.
The Congress today took to Twitter and wrote that it pays humble tributes to Savitribai Phule.
Our humble tributes to Savitribai Phule. She was the first female teacher of the first women school in the country. pic.twitter.com/X3mudmeDG0
— INC India (@INCIndia) January 3, 2015
Born on January 03, 1831, Savitribai Phule was an Indian social reformer and poet. She fought for the rights of downtrodden and worked to abolish discrimination and unfair treatment of a few races.
At an age of 17, Phule became the youngest teacher in India during the eighteenth century.
In those days when women were only considered as objects and education was a far-fetched dream for them, Phule defied the orthodox ideology and began educating women. She with her husband courageously founded the first women school in Bhide Wadai in Pune in 1848.
Today, many opine that Teachers’ Day in India should be celebrated on Savitribai Phule’s birthday.