16 Empowering Quotes From Women Freedom Fighters Of India

The Indian independence movement was undoubtedly a new chapter not only in the history of the nation but also in the empowerment of women. Along with the bloodbath, the cries of protest, the march and the final dawn of Independence, the country also saw an increase in the participation of women in national affairs. For a long time, women in India remained confined within the walls of the house, imperialism and patriarchy. But thanks to the cries of independence that made the women cross the proverbial lakshman rekha and unite men in national movements.

Today, when we have celebrated more than 73 years of independence, the stories of resilience, strength and struggle of these women never cease to inspire our discourse on feminism, life and democracy. What they said years ago is still true even today for women who battle everyday sexism to achieve their dreams in life. So, in this article, we have tried to preserve some of the thousands of golden quotes from women freedom fighters from India. And with these we strive to inspire anyone who has dared to dream and live:

about freedom

“Freedom is not for the timid.” – Vijaya Lakshmi Panditthe first woman president of the General Assembly of the United Nations, reminds us that freedom is to speak and not succumb to any form of domination.

“Freedom comes in three forms. The first is the political emancipation of the conqueror, the second is the economic one. [emancipation] and the third is social… India has only achieved the first.”- Captain Lakshmi Sahgalan eminent freedom fighter, officer in the Indian National Army and Minister for Women’s Affairs in the Government of Azad Hind.

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“When there is oppression, the only thing that is respected is to get up and say this will stop today, because my right is justice.”- Sarojini Naidu, Nightingale of India, freedom fighter and first female Governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh.

India Women Freedom Fighters Empowerment Quotes

About Gender Equality

“The greatness of a country lies in its imperishable ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race.”- Sarojini Naidu

Jail is a good experience but it has its drawbacks… all the disadvantages of married life without any of its compensations.- Vijayalakshmi Pandit

“Child marriage is eating away like a canker at the vitality of our national life. Girls become mothers while they are girls themselves, and bring into the world offspring who are, in the varied nature of things, victims of disease and ill health.” Raj Kumari Amrit Kaurthe first Minister of Health of India

“Oh, we want a new generation of men before India can be cleansed of her disease.” Sarojini Naidu

“The abolition of early marriage and purdah…will remove two of the main obstacles in the way of spreading female education. It goes without saying that the position of widows in Hindu households, marriage laws, and laws related to the inheritance of property by women need radical modification.” – Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, quotes from women freedom fighters

Rajkumari Amrit Kaur PC: Kalinga TV

“My father would take my mother and the two children – I had a younger brother, Narayana Rao – to the church, the mosque or the burning ghat to show us how they disposed of the bodies, perhaps with a view to making us brave. enough to face the inevitable event of death,” – Durga Bai Deshmukh, Popularly known as ‘Iron Lady’, she participated in freedom movements and was a member of the Constituent Assembly and Planning Commission of India.

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“So I decided to study law so that I could provide women with free legal assistance and help them defend themselves,”- Durga Bai Deshmukh

on nonviolence

“It is a pity that the new generation of activists and political leaders are paying little respect to the gandhian ideas, the main one of which was non-violence. If we don’t mend our ways, we may find ourselves back where we started.” Usha Mehta who participated in the protest march against the Simon Commission at the age of 8 and was active in other freedom movements.

“The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.”- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

On the importance of education

“Education was not simply a means of earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It was an initiation into the life of the spirit, a training of the human soul in the search for truth and the practice of virtue.”- Vijayalakshmi Pandit

About hope, courage and struggles

“He who is not brave enough to take risks will achieve nothing in life.”- Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian educator and political activist widely remembered for raising the national flag at the Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mumbai during the Quit India Movement.

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I am free to be what I want.” – Aruna Asaf Ali

“I am not ready to die because it takes infinitely greater courage to live.” – Sarojini Naidu