The late Smt. Ramabai Ranade - whose birth centenary was celebrated in India on January 25, 1962 - was born in January 1862 in a small village in Sangli District near Pune. Her father had not imparted education to her. Educating Girls was a taboo in those days. As a little girl of 11 years she was married to Shri Mahadev Govind Ranade, a pioneer in the social reform movement. He devoted all his apparel time to educate her in face of all opposition of the women in the house and helped her to become an ideal wife and a worthy helpmate in social and educational reform. After marrying Justice Mahadev Govind Ranade, Ramabai studied Marathi, English and Bengali. Before marriage her name was Yamuna and became 'Rama' after marriage. Inspired by her husband, Rama started 'Hindu Ladies Social Club' in Mumbai to develop public speaking among women. Ramabai was also the president of Seva Sadan in Pune. Ramabai devoted her life for the improvement of women's lives. Ramabai Ranade opened famous girl's school in Pune "Hujurpaga". She wrote her memoirs in a book Amachya Ayushyatil Athavani. Ramabai made her entry into public life in the 1870s but it was after Justice Ranade's death in 1901 that she wholly identified herself with the cause of women in India. She willingly became a regular visitor to the Central Prison, especially the women's wing, and kindle self-esteem. She attended meetings of the managing committee of the mental asylum. Savitribai Jyotirao Phule
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. 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. SavitriBai set up a school on 1st May 1847 in a backward community. This was their first...
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