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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Married at the age of nine; started education after that;started school for girls; died helping people save from plague !!!

Savitribai Jyotirao Phule (January 3, 1831 – March 10, 1897) was a social reformer, who, along with her husband, Mahatma Jyotirao Phule, played an important role in improving women's rights in India during the British Rule. They pioneered the campaign for women’s education, starting the first school for girls at Pune in 1848. Savitribai was the first female teacher of the first women's school in India and also considered as the pioneer of modern Marathi poetry. In 1852 she opened a school for Untouchable girls. Stones would be thrown at her and she would be orally abused but still she continued teaching. 
SavitriBai set up a school for SagunaAau on May 1, 1847in a backward community. 
Social reforms: Savitribai was not only involved in educational activities of Jyotirao but also in every social struggle that he launched. Once Jyotirao stopped a pregnant lady from committing suicide, promising her to give her child his name after it was born. Savitribai readily accepted the lady in her house and willingly assured to help her deliver the child. Savitribai and Jyotirao later on adopted this child who then grew up to become a doctor. Savitribai Phule worked hard to keep plague patients alive. In fact, she was so involved that she died due to the infection on March 10, 1897.