Its Anasuya Sarabhai’s 132nd Birthday: Here is all you need to know
Google Doodle is today celebrating 132nd Birth anniversary of Anasuya Sarabhai. Do you know who was she? Well, her name will be etched in eternal history for championing the women’s labour movement in India. Notably, she was also the founder of Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association.
Here are few facts about Anasuya Sarabhai that probably you didn’t know:
- Known as Motaben, Gujarati for ‘elder sister’ she was born in 1885 into the affluent family of Sarabhai.
- She lost both her parents when she was 9 and was married off by her uncle at the age of 13. But later she took divorce from her husband and returned to her own family.
- In year 1912, she left for England to complete her further studies.
- During that time she came in contact with Fabianists like George Bernard Shaw and Sydney Webb, who rejected the doctrines of Marxism, recommending instead a gradual transition to a socialist society.
- From that point her social journey started and the very next year she returned to India and started her social work.
- She began by opening a school for poor children of all castes and toilets for women.
- She was an inspirational leader. When epidemic hit Ahmedabad in 1914, the condition of mill workers deteriorated further and they approached Anasuya to take up their cause. She gave an ultimatum to mill owners and she also went against her brothers.
- Notably, the name of Ela Bhatt is synonymous with Anasuya. In 1950s she came in contact with Motaben and she became one of the closest aides and their relationship became backbone of the formation of the Self –Employed Women’s Association in 1972.
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