Google Doodle pays tribute to Savitribai Phule on her 186th birth anniversary

Jan 4, 2017 16:01 IST

Tech giant Google on 3 January 2017 honoured social reformer Savitribai Phule on the occasion of her 186th birth anniversary.

The colourful Doodle showcased a simple Savitribai spreading her sari 'pallu' wide to include women from all sections of society for empowerment.

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She was the first woman teacher of the first women’s school in India and a pioneer in modern Marathi poetry. Savitribai taught in the school which was started by her itself along with her husband Jyotirao Phule in 1848.

About Savitribai Phule
• Born in 1831 in Maharashtra, Savitribai was married when she was just nine to Jyotirao, who was 12.
• She had set up a care centre for widows and even encouraged them to remarry.
• She also fought for the rights of the untouchables.
• Savitri also opened a clinic to treat the sick when the bubonic plague spread in Pune in 1897.
• In 1852, the British government honoured the her and Jyotirao for their contribution to the cause of women’s education.
• She was once again honoured when a stamp was released by India Post on Savitribai on 10 March 1998.
• Moreover, the Maharashtra Government instituted an award in her name to honour women social reformers.
• In 2014, the Maharashtra government, in honour of Savitribai, renamed Pune University to Savitribai Phule University.


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