Saturday, November 11, 2017

Anasuya Sarabhai

Google doodle today informs of the 132nd birth anniversary of Anasuya Sarabhai, the pioneer of Women's Labour Movement in India. Born in 1885 at Ahmedabad, in a rich industrialist family, she lost her parents at the age of nine and together with a brother and a younger sister was brought up by an uncle. She was married at the age of 13.

In 1912 she was sent to England to study medicine but simply put off by animal dissection which was against Jain beliefs, she instead joined the London School Of Economics. She was greatly influenced by the Fabian society. Returning to India, she started the Women's Labour Movement and took up the cause of women textile workers and weavers and as a result of the hunger strike undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi, an increase of 35 percent in wages was obtained. In 1920 she founded the Ahmedabad Textile Labourers' Association.She also mentored Ela Bhatt, who founded the SEWA.
She was the aunt of Vikram Sarabhai, the eminent Physicist.
Blessed with a long life she died in 1972.
Our humble tributes to the remarkable lady !

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