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

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Savitribai Phule was a social reformer and poet.

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Google remembers Savitribai Phule on her 186th birthday with a Doodle showing the social activist urging a group of women towards a school.

Born on January 3, 1837 into a family of farmers in Naigaon, Maharashtra, Savitribai Phule was a social reformer and poet. She is regarded as an important figure in Maharashtra’s social reform movements.

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She was only nine years old when she got married to 13-year-old Jyotirao Phule. Jyotirao Phule encouraged Savitribai to study. Along with her husband, Savitribai played a major role in the struggle for women’s rights in India during the British Raj.

Savitribai Phule wrote a number of poems for the upliftment of dalits and women. She also opened a care center named ‘Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha’ for pregnant rape victims and helped deliver their children. Savitribai was also India’s first woman teacher and headmistress.

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Yashwantrao Phule, the adopted son of Savitribai Phule and Jyotirao Phule opened up a clinic to care for patients affected by the third pandemic of bubonicplague, that raged for a hundred years. Savitribai was personally taking people to the clinic and caring for them.

She died on 10 March 1897 because of the plague while treating a patient, and her works continue to inspire many till date.

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In her honor, University of Pune was renamed Savitribai Phule University in 2014.