Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 155th birth anniversary of the first woman to graduate with honors in the history of India, who went on to advocate for the rights of all women - Kamini Roy. She was a Bengali poet, educator, and activist. The doodle, created by artist Helene Leroux, shows Roy holding a book of her poems titled, Koto Valobashi, as several women from her era stand by her side. Leroux had also created several early drafts of the doodle that was shared by the tech giant.
Born on October 12, 1864, in the village of Bakerkunj district of erstwhile Bengal Presidency, now Bangladesh on October 12, 1864. She joined Bethune School in 1883 and was one of the first girls to attend school in British India. She earned a bachelor of arts degree with Sanskrit honours from Bethune College of the University of Calcutta in 1886 and started teaching there in the same year.
Roy learnt from her father’s collection of books and used his library extensively. She was a mathematical prodigy but later her interest switched to Sanskrit. She picked up the cue for feminism from a fellow student of Bethune, Abala Bose, who went on to be known for her social work in women's education and alleviating the condition of widows. Roy was inspired by Bose to advocate for women's rights. Read More...
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