National Women’s Day 2022: Sarojini Naidu’s Birth Anniversary – Wishes, History, Quotes, and Facts

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Sarojini Naidu also known as the “Nightingale of India” was born on February 13th, 1879 in Hyderabad. her birth anniversary is celebrated as National Women’s Day. She was a political activist, feminist, poet, and the first Indian woman to be president of the Indian National Congress and to be appointed an Indian state governor.

National Women's Day
National Women’s Day

Facts about Sarojini Naidu

  • A child prodigy, she topped the matriculation exam at Madras University at the age of 12. 
  • As a child, she wrote a 1,300-line-long poem, The Lady of the Lake. When her father realised her literary prowess, he encouraged her to pursue writing, though he had initially wanted her to become a scientist or mathematician, later she won literary acclaim for her collection of poems.
  • Sarojini Naidu was married to Govindarajulu Naidu at the age of 19.
  • She once asked her father to help write a Persian play, Maher Muneer. He sent the play to the Nizam of Hyderabad, who was so impressed by the 16-year-old talent that he granted her a scholarship to study overseas. And thus, she went to study at King’s College London. 
  • On her return to India, affected by Lord Curzon’s Partition of Bengal, she took part in demonstrations. It was here she met freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale, who advised her to use her poetry to incite the masses to join the fight for freedom. In 1916, she met Gandhi and actively dedicated herself to the freedom struggle. 
  •  In 1917, she and freedom fighter Annie Besant founded the Women’s India Association. She championed for women’s suffrage in India and at various forums abroad and demanded recognition from the Congress and the British for women’s suffrage. 
  • Naidu was a multilingual and she used to give her speech in Hindi, Bengali,English and Gujarati. Speaking in English in London’s Assembly, she had mesmerized the audience present there In 1928.
  • She became the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress. She was part of the draft committee that framed the Indian Constitution.
  • She became the first woman Governor of Uttar Pradesh. She served as governor till she passed away in March 1949, when she was working late in office. 

National Women’s Day : Wishes

A woman is an embodiment of grace, elegance, beauty, and compassion. Happy National Women’s Day.

This world is a great place because of outstanding women like you. Happy National Women’s Day.

All the girls out there, go out, break shackles, live life, spread laughter, and be the change you always wanted to see! Happy National Women’s Day.

She is the architect of a family, society, nation, and world. Happy National Women’s Day.

Your love and care make others blossom beautifully. Thank you for always making a difference. Happy National Women’s Day.

Go out, fulfill your dreams, and be the girl who can buy her own diamonds. Happy National Women’s Day.

Sarojini Naidu's Birth Anniversary
Sarojini Naidu’s Birth Anniversary

You add that extra to my ordinary life. Thank you for that. Happy National Women’s Day.

Every day you remind me that with courage and determination, one can achieve anything. Happy National Women’s Day.

Girls with ambition become women with vision. Happy National Women’s Day.

She is a Dreamer, she is a believer, she is a doer, she is an achiever, and she is “You”. Happy National Women’s Day.

Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back. Happy National Women’s Day.

Every woman is beautiful. It just takes the right eyes to see it. Happy National Women’s Day.

Don’t be afraid to dream And once you dream, don’t shy away from taking risks. Happy National Women’s Day.

Life is undoubtedly tough darling, but, so are you. Happy National Women’s Day.

Go out, fulfill your dreams, and be the girl who can buy her own diamonds. Happy National Women’s Day.

Quotes by Sarojini Naidu

Let’s look into her life and read some of her inspirational sayings, poems, and quotes to commemorate her birth anniversary.

When there is oppression, the only self-respecting thing is to rise and say this shall cease today, because my right is justice. If you are stronger, you have to help the weaker boy or girl both in play and in the work.

Once in the dream of a night, I stood Lone in the light of a magical wood, Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang; And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang, And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed, And spirits of Peace were the streams that flowed In that magical wood in the land of sleep.

Sarojini Naidu with Mahamta Gandhi
Sarojini Naidu with Mahamta Gandhi

Oh, we want a new breed of men before India can be cleansed of her disease.

Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam because as I read in the Qur’an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world

One needs a Seer’s Vision and Angel’s voice to be of any avail. I do not know of any Indian man or woman today who has those gifts in their most complete measure.

We want deeper sincerity of motive, greater courage in speech, and earnestness in action.

Shall hope prevail where clamorous hate is rife, Shall sweet love prosper or high dreams have place Amid the tumult of reverberant strife ‘Twixt ancient creeds, ‘twixt race and ancient race, That mars the grave, glad purposes of life, Leaving no refuge save thy succoring face?

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