Tamil Nadu has seen many female freedom fighters. They have fought for the rights of women, children, and other marginalized communities. The following are 6 famous female freedom fighters in Tamil Nadu that you should know about!
1. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay,
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay is one of the most well-known female freedom fighters from Tamilnadu, She is one of a leader of the Indian National Congress who was arrested during the Quit India Movement. She along with other leaders were imprisoned at Amaravathi prison in Nagpur, where she observed Gandhian non-violent protests against British Rule over India.
In prison, Kamaladevi and her colleagues protested for food by going on a hunger strike. She was released in 1944 at the age of 44 under house arrest and went to Delhi and joined as an acting member of Constituent Assembly On 26th November 1955 she passed away due to heart attack
2. Nandini Satpathy,
Nandini Satpathy was a well-known Indian freedom fighter and politician who fought for the rights of women, children, and other marginalized communities. She became an MLA in independent India’s first parliament where she initiated many social reforms to improve the lives of people living below the poverty line (BPL)
Nandini Satpathy was born on 27th March 1917 in the village of Bada Khemundi, Athmallik Sub-division, Dhenkanal District. On 29 December 2009, she passed away due to cardiac arrest
3. Pramila Dandavate,
Pramila Dandavate is a well-known Indian politician from Tamilnadu who served as the Governor of Sikkim and later became an MP in Rajya Sabha, She was also awarded India’s fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri in 1988
Pramila Dandavate was born on 22nd April 1928 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She studied at Bombay University and later moved to Chennai where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Women’s Christian College (WCC). On 15th February 2009, she passed away due to cardiac arrest
4. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was a doctor and an Indian independence activist who formed the All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) to work for the rights of women in independent India.
She also served as Union Minister for Health and Family planning during Nehru administration where she introduced many reforms such as the National Mental Hospitals Act,
Rajkumari Amrit Kaur was born on 13th January 1896 in Lahore, Punjab where she received her education at Queen Marry’s College in Delhi She became involved with the Indian freedom movement while studying medicine at King George Medical School (K
5. Sarojini Naidu
Sarojini Naidu was one of the first Indian women to become the President of the All India National Congress and became known as Bharathi (the Nightingale) after she gave a speech at the 1924 session in Benares.
She was also awarded India’s highest honor, Bharat Ratna posthumously by independent India. Sarojini Naidu was born on 13th February 1879 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh where she passed away due to a heart attack on 02 March 1949.
Sarojini Naidu (born as Sarup Kumari) was the second Indian woman to become the President of All India National Congress and also one of independent India
6. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was an Indian diplomat, politician, and freedom fighter who served as the first woman President of the United Nations General Assembly.
She also received India’s second-highest civilian honor Padma Vibhushan in 1963 after independence for her work to improve international relations between countries through foreign policy objectives.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was born on 29th August 1900 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh where she passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 98.