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International Women’s Day: Influential Female Educators from History of India

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th of March, here’s listed down the most influential female educators who belong to Indian history.

The women of the country have been observed to achieve success in areas of technology, politics, human welfare, education.

The few achievers are:

  • Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule was a very famous educationist who belongs to Indian history and left a mark who lived from 1831-1897. She was considered as the first female school teacher, she also contributed to improving the quality or status of women in the country. She established an all-girls school along with her husband Jyotirao Phule.

  • Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu

Kadambini Ganguly (1861-1923) and Chandramukhi Basu (1860-1944) were the first two female graduates in India. They were also a part of the cultural revolution of Bengal during the British colonial period. Kadambini Ganguly was also the first South Asian Female Physician to graduate from Western Medicine in India.

  • Begum Zafar Ali

Begum Safar Ali (1900-1999) was also an educationist, social activist along with a legislator. She was also the first Women Matriculate of Kashmir (1930). Her Father was also the first matriculate of Kashmir Khan Bahadur Aga Syed Hussain. She also worked as the Headmistress in various schools. She also put so many efforts to persuade people to educate girls. She also encouraged girl education. She also worked as Member of Legislative Assembly from 1977-1982 and encouraged Women emancipation.

  • Durgabai Deshmukh

Durgabai Deshmukh (1909-1981) was a freedom fighter who was inspired by thoughts of Gandhiji and opened various schools to train women in spinning and weaving.  She also completed her M.A. and B.L. degrees. She was also the founder of ‘Andhra Mahila Sabha’ and headed young girls and prepared them to appear for Banaras Hindu University Matric Exam.

  • Mahadevi Verma

Mahadevi Verma (1907-1987) was a women poet, freedom fighter, and educationist who belong to India. She was also considered the major poet of ‘Chhayavaad’, which was a movement of romanticism in Modern India Poetry. She also worked as a Principle and then the Vice-Chancellor of Prayag Mahila Vidyapeeth, Allahabad.

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