National Women's Day: Remembering the Nightingale of India,Sarojini Naidu
13February is commemorated as National Women's Day to remember the Nightingale ofIndia, Sarojini Naidu. She was India's first women governor and also known as"Bharat Kokila." She actively participated in the Indian National Movement forthe independence of the country. A child prodigy, freedom fighter, and leader,Sarojini was also a skilled orator and an exemplary administrator.
Honouringher great work and contribution, the day is also a symbol of celebrating thedevelopment of women's power in India. This proposal of celebration was made bythe Bharatiya Mahila Sangh and the All India Mahila Sammelan.
Early Life and Education
India'sfirst female governor, Sarojini Naidu had born on 13 February 1879 in Hyderabadto Aghore Nath Chattopadhyay and Barda Sundari Devi. She took a 4-year breakfrom studies after passing her 10th standard. She studies at King's College,England and later at Cambridge. When Sarojini was just 19, she metGovindarajulu Naidu, to whom she was married.
Anti-imperialistic,Women's rights activist, Sarojini paved the path for women's movements inIndia. For women's rights and representation in organizations, in 1917, shetook the foundation of the Women's India Association.
In theyear 1925, she became the president of the Indian National Congress. Sarojiniwas one of the forefront leaders who led the Civil Disobedience Movement andthe Quit India Movement. When she graced the United Provinces as Governor in1947, she created history by becoming the first woman to hold the office ofGovernor in the Dominion of India.
WhileSarojini was part of the independence struggle, she travelled to differentparts of the country and gave lectures to create social welfare. Because of heroutstanding work, she was recognized by Britishers and was awarded theKaisar-i-Hind Medal during the plague epidemic in India.
Sarojini'swork towards the development has been commemorated in many educationalinstitutions, including the Sarojini Naidu College for Women, Sarojini Devi EyeHospital, Sarojini Naidu Medical College and Sarojini Naidu School of Arts andCommunication.
NightingaleSarojini Naidu shines both as an activist and as a poet. She had been writingsince she was 12 years old. Some of her famous works include The GoldenThreshold, The Bird of Time: Songs of Life, Death & the Spring, The Magictree, The Indian Weavers, The Broken Wing: Songs of Love. She also wroteseveral poems including Song of a Dream, The Soul's Prayer, To the God of Pain,Indian Dancers and Ecstasy to name a few.
Accomplishments of Sarojini Naidu
Unknown Facts about Sarojini Naidu
Everyyear, 8 March is celebrated as International Women's Day to commemorate thestruggles of women seeking equality and equal representation. In addition,India celebrates its own Women's day as Sarojini Naidu's Birthday to empowerand support women. When women in the nation are striving hard for equality andgoals, a day to celebrate their success and make people aware of it bring akind of encouragement among people.
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