Savitribai Phule Setting Light to Jyotirao's Funeral Pyre

Malvika Asher2016


New Delhi, India

Savitribai Phule was a trailblazer in providing education for girls and for ostracized portions of society. She became the first female teacher in India (1848) and opened a school for girls with her husband, Jyotirao Phule. She went on to establish a shelter (1864) for destitute women and played a crucial role in grooming Jyotirao Phule’s pioneering institution, Satyashodhak Samaj, (1873) that fought for equality of all classes. Her life is heralded as a beacon of women’s rights in India. She is often referred to as the mother of Indian feminism.

In 1890, Jyotirao passed away. Defying all social norms, she lit his funeral pyre. She carried on Jyotirao’s legacy and took over the reigns of Satyashodhak Samaj.


  • Title: Savitribai Phule Setting Light to Jyotirao's Funeral Pyre
  • Creator: Malvika Asher
  • Date Created: 2016
  • Type: Illustration

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