icon Fatima Sheikh’s 191st
Doodle celebrates Indian educator and feminist icon Fatima Sheikh, who is widely considered to be
India’s first Muslim woman teacher
Alongside fellow pioneers and social reformers Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule, Sheikh co-founded the
Indigenous Library in 1848
, one of India’s first schools for girls.
Fatima Sheikh was born on
9th Jan in 1831 in Pune, India
. She lived with her brother Usman, and the siblings opened their home to the Phules
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They taught communities of
marginalized Dalit and Muslim women and children
who were denied education based on class, religion, or gender.
Sheikh went door-to-door to invite the downtrodden in her community to learn at the Indigenous Library and
escape the rigidity of the Indian caste system
She met great resistance from the dominant classes who attempted to humiliate those involved in the
, but Sheikh and her allies persisted.
Indian government shone new light on her achievements in 2014 by featuring her profile in Urdu textbooks alongside other
trailblazing Indian educators