Google today dedicated its doodle to Bengali poetess, activist, and educationist Kamini Roy. Born on October 12, 1864, in Bakerganj district (now part of Bangladesh) of then Bengal, today is the 155th birth anniversary of Kamini Roy.
Kamini Roy is the first woman in India who graduated in British India. She remained devoted to women’s rights in her life. Born in an aristocratic family, Roy’s brother had been the mayor of Kolkata and his sister was a physician of the Nepal royal family.
At that time, in the Indian continent, there were misgivings about women in society. During that time Kamini Roy advocated for women’s rights and their studies. Kamini Roy was interested in mathematics as a child, but she studied further in Sanskrit. She did her BA honors in 1886 from Bethun College, Kolkata and then started teaching there.
It was in college that he met another student, Abla Bose. Abla was interested in women’s education and working for widows. Impressed by them, Kamini Roy also decided to devote her life to women’s rights.