Go, Get Education
Be self-reliant, be industrious
Work—gather wisdom and riches,
All gets lost without knowledge
We become animal without wisdom,
Sit idle no more, go, get education
End misery of the oppressed and forsaken,
You’ve got a golden chance to learn
So learn and break the chains of caste.
Throw away the Brahman’s scriptures fast.
– Savitribai Phule
Indian culture has always been a predominant one. Home to a billion people, India has given origin to distinct customs, traditions, languages, beliefs, and social stratifications. Women have always been an integral element to shape this culture. The stature of capable women on the stage of history, their tone, their words, and their actions have changed how our art, culture, and society look at women.
Long back, girls got married even in their cradles. If a girl were a virgin between the ages of ten and eleven, she would be considered a horse. With their husbands in their thirties or forties, these teenage misses were bound to a lifestyle to suffer. Widows were forced to remarry into affluent households. Sati was prevalent. Society’s view of women was cruel and unjust. No education. No freedom. Love, desire, opinion, nothing. No means of subsistence and no consent.