Indian women freedom fighters fought for freedom with great courage and conviction, they played an important part in the struggle for independence. We enlist some of the most prominent women freedom fighters that our country ever witnessed.
Indian women actively participated in the revolutionary movements during the national struggle for independence. They actively protested against British rulers by boycotting the use of foreign goods. They also participated in the Non-Cooperation movement and Politics with great enthusiasm. These women freedom fighters excelled as speakers, campaigners and marchers. They also held equal ambition and passion for their country’s future and independence much like their male counterparts. These brave women were daring and thought progressively even during the age old times, their courage and endeavours have given them widespread respect and fame as the women freedom fighters of India.
Take a look at some of the greatest women freedom fighters whose dedication and courage have carved their names in history forever.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, the sister of Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first woman in India to hold a minister position. She gained inspiration from Rani Lakshmi Bai and Sarojini Naidu and decided to join the freedom movement. She also took an active part in the Non-Cooperation movement and Civil Disobedience Movement. In the year 1953, she became the first woman to become president of the United Nations General Assembly. She served the country after independence as an ambassador to various nations for consecutive years.
Indira Gandhi, was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru and an only child. Indira Gandhi was influenced heavily by her patriotic father and decided to devote her life to public service. She was appointed as the first woman Prime Minister of the country in the year 1966. During her tenure India saw significant political, economic and military developments and the country emerged as one of South East Asia’s leading nations. She was self-reliant and had a clear vision of India’s economy. She worked for the Indian people with utter dedication and unwavering spirit.
Sarojini Naidu also popularly known as “The Nightingale of India” devoted herself to achieve freedom for women. She also united Hindu and Muslims and improved the status and lives of Indians. She regained the self-esteem within women in India and rejuvenated the spirit of courage in them. She was an admirer of Gandhiji and followed him and his principles religiously. She stayed in jail for 21 days during the ‘Quit India’ movement with Gandhiji and many other followers. She was the first woman governor and the first Indian woman to become the President of Indian National Congress.
Rani Lakshmi Bai
Rani Lakshmi Bai was the queen of Jhansi, she was one of the earliest women who actively revolted against British rule in the year 1857. She fought the British dressed completely in men’s wear, with her battle gear and sword she led her soldiers to war against British. Her brave and fearless attitude was admired even by the British rulers. She was a true freedom fighter who fought with courage and will till her last breath.