Bust of Savitribai phule
Bust of Savitribai phule

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go on further than the crowd.  The woman  who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been  before ” – ALBERT EINSTEIN

From Ancient times Women have not been  treated as equally as Men were treated. They’ve always been discriminated for their rights. But there are innumerable Women who have stood against all odds; not just for their rights but also for the sake of humanity.

Here the lifes of some of the most powerful and inspirational women are mentioned.


Born-3 Janaury 1831
Demise-10 March 1897

Savitribai Phule is known as  the first female teacher of India. She was also an social reformer, educationalist, and Poet(in Marathi) from Maharashtra. Also regarded as the mother of Indian Feminism.

She was born in the Village of Naigaon in Satara. She was married at an age of 10 to Jyotirao Phule. At the time of her marriage she wasn’t educated as people of low caste and women were not allowed study. Her  husband Jyotirao educated her at home ( who himself faced many challenges to complete his education).

Savitribai assited by Jyotirao set benchmarks and demolished many societal norms. They opened the first school for girls in PUNE in 1848. She worked relentlessly to abolish discrimination of people on basis of their caste and gender.

Savitribai died a heroic death trying to save the son of Pandurang Gaekwad during the outbreak of Bubonic Plague.
She lived her whole life for other and sacrificed her life to save others.

Rani Kittur Chennamma
Painting of Rani Kittur Chennamma


BORN- 23 October 1778
Martyred- 21 February 1829

Many of us admire the tale of Rani LakshmiBai but few of us know that another valiant queen set examples of valour and patriotism before her .

Born in a small village (the present day Belagavi district) in Karnataka. She received training of horse riding and Sword fighting since childhood. She got married to Raja Mallasarja of Desia family at 15.

Chennamma’s husband died in 1824 leaving her with a son and state full of volatility. Her son’s death added on to her misery. She adopted a son but Doctrine of Lapse denied her decision and threatened to annexe he state.

She refused the British rule and led an armed rebellion against them.
She fought with extreme valour and british were heavily defeated in two consecutive battles. But in the 3rd battle she was defeated and died imprisoned as British had modern weapons.

She became a folk hero in Karnataka and symbol of Independence Movement in India.

Sindhutai Sapkal
Sindhutai Sapkal


BORN- 14 November 1948

Also known as Mother of Orphans Or Mai.  She was born as an unwanted child in a cattle grazing family of Wardha, Maharashtra.

Poverty, early marriage and family responsibilities forced her to quit education after she passed fourth standard. Her marriage life was indeed the most difficult phase of her life.

At an age of Twenty, already  a mother of three sons and nine-months pregnant. She was beaten badly by her spouse and he left her to die in a cowshed. But her destiny was not that weak; she gave birth to a baby girl in semi conscious condition surrounded by cows.

As she was left by everyone; even her mother refused to give her shelter. She was forced to live in cemeteries and even people considered her ghost. She begged in Railway stations and streets for survival and to feed her daughter. In the process of begging she realised that many children are abandoned by their parent. She adopted them one by one and fed them by begging. She didn’t discriminated between the adopted ones and her own child. She made all of  them educated and successful. Today she has successfully nurtured 1400 orphans.

There are such ladies who lend their life for making other’s life prosperous.
We must learn from there inspirational lives.

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