women freedom fighters of India

5 women change makers who helped India get its independence

Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu had her own unique way. She was a poet on one hand and freedom fighter on another. She also contributed to the independent India to make its first Constitution ever. She was the first woman to become the President of Indian National Congress in 1925. Be it the non cooperation movement, gender Reform or any other important issue, she was always an activist and very effective leader as well. She was blessed with the very exclusive skillset of poetry and utilised it for bringing the most needed change for the people of India.

“I say that it is not your Pride that you are a Madrasi,

it is not your Pride that you are a Brahmin,

it is not your Pride that you are Hindu,

that is your bright that you are an Indian”

– Sarojini Naidu

Sucheta Kriplani

Sucheta Kriplani was a teacher of history at Banaras Hindu University, but the fire freedom inside, attracted her towards the freedom movement . It was her who started the All India Mahila Congress, which was basically a unit of Indian National Congress for the women, in 1940. She was jailed in 1948 for supporting and being a part of ‘Satyagraha movement’ as well as ‘non violent movement’. Not just before the Independence, but even after it she continued working.. In the direction of Refugee empowerment. And was very proudly elected to be the first woman of independent India to become Chief Minister of UP (1963 to 1967).

Aruna Asif Ali

She is known as the heroine of 1942 movement. She was dealing a great part of Quit India Movement, but after all the leaders got jailed. Still, she didn’t let the motivation die inside and showing the bravery…she hoisted Indian flag in the whole view of public; which was the act of rebellion. This act initiated a lot of protest and disobedience in all of the country.Firstly she was jailed in 1930 during Salt Satyagraha and again in 1932. In 1942 the warrant of arrest was out and she went underground for 45 years approx. After the Independence l, she was wholly working for the social cause..like rights of women and worker’s achievement. Her achievement list is a long one. But the mains are Padma Vibhushan in 1992..Bharat Ratna 1997 and she also became the first mayor of Delhi in 1958.

“who is not courageous enough to take risks, will accomplish nothing in life”

– Aruna Asaf Ali

Lakshmi Sehgal

She was a doctor in the beginning and at the end, but in between she was a soldier. She was so much influenced by the efforts of India that she herself decided to join Indian National Congress in 1943 and fought against the Britishers. She was imprisoned by the Britishers and after she decided to continue with the medical practice she also helped the soldiers needing medical help in 1947 irrespective of the Nationality. She is famous name among those, who fought for the womem empowerment and education.

“Freedom comes in three forms, the first is political emancipation from the conquerors, second is economic and third is social…. India has only achieved the first.”

– Laxmi Sehgal

Kamala Nehru

Kamal Nehru was ahighly devoted fighter who gave birth to the India’s very first Prime Minister – Jawaharlal Nehru. She was always in lead for any of the Gandhi’s movements, be it non cooperation, getting women together for rallying or doing protests. She had also been locked up in the jail for the leadership movement that she had led, but she never frightened away. She also started a little clinic so as to provide the medical treatment to help other freedom fighters. Later on, the clinic was turned into a hospital with the help of Mahatma Gandhi.

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