Published on: January 3, 2022




Birth anniversary of Savitri Bai Phule  celebrated


  • Born in Naigaon in Maharashtra on January 3, 1831
  • Widely regarded as one of India’s first generation modern feminists for her significant contributions in ensuring equal education opportunities under the British raj.
  • Became the first female teacher in India in 1848
  • Opened a school for girls along with her husband, social reformer Jyotirao Phule.
  • Worked against discrimination based on caste-based identity
  • Established a shelter for widows in 1854 , which later accommodated destitute women and child brides cast aside by their families by 1864
  • Played a pivotal role in directing the work of the Satyashodhak Samaj, formed by her husband with the objective to achieve equal rights for the marginalised lower castes.
  • Opened a clinic in 1897 for victims of the bubonic plague that spread across Maharashtra just before the turn of the century.
  • Set up “Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha”.
  • In her honour, University of Pune was renamed Savitribai Phule University in 2014.