Remembering Ramabai Ambedkar: Explore 7 lesser known facts about her


Who was Ramabai?

    Ramabai Ambedkar fondly called Ramai or Mother Rama, was born on February 18, 1898, in Maharashtra, India, into a Dalit family. Despite facing discrimination and adversity, she exhibited a keen intellect and a strong desire for education from a young age.

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Early Life and Education

    Raised in a society rife with caste prejudices, Ramabai faced numerous obstacles in her quest for education. She persevered, eventually becoming one of the first Dalit women to receive formal education.

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Marriage to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

    Ramabai married Ambedkar in 1906 when he was 15 and she was 9. Their union was not just a personal partnership but also a shared commitment to challenging social injustices and championing the rights of the oppressed.

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Activism for Women's Rights

    Ramabai Ambedkar dedicated herself to the cause of womens education and empowerment. She established schools and organizations aimed at providing education and vocational training to women, particularly from marginalized communities.

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Role in Dalit Movement

    She actively participated in the Dalit movement alongside her husband, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. She was a vocal advocate for the rights and dignity of Dalits, challenging age-old social norms and working towards their emancipation. Her courage and resilience inspired many in the struggle against caste-based discrimination.

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Legacy and Contributions

    Remembered as an inspiration by generations of social reformers and human rights activists. She left an indelible mark on Indian society in her fight for equality and justice.

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Death anniversary

    May 27, 1935 is the day when Ramabai died at an age of 37 in Dadar, Mumbai after a prolonged illness. Ambedkar has expressed in his book Thoughts on Pakistan how she always stood by him.

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