Women Freedom Fighters – UPSC Prelims

Union Minister of State for Culture has released a pictorial book on India’s Women Unsung Heroes of Freedom Struggle as part of Azadi ka Mahotsav. The book has been released in  partnership with Amar Chitra Katha.
Who are the Women Freedom Fighters mentioned in the Book?
Women Freedom Fighters
  Contribution to Freedom Movement
Rani Abakka
She was the Queen  of Ullal, Karnataka. She fought and defeated the mighty Portuguese in the  16th century.
Velu Nachiyar
She was the Queen  of Sivaganga and was the first Indian queen to wage war against the British  East India Company.
Matangini Hazra
She was a brave  freedom fighter from Bengal, who laid down her life while agitating against  the British.
Gulab Kaur
She was a freedom  fighter who abandoned her own hopes and dreams of a life abroad to fight for  and mobilise the Indian people against the British Raj.
Chakali Ilamma
She was a  revolutionary woman who fought against the injustice of zamindars during the  Telangana rebellion in the mid-1940s.
Subhadra Kumari Chauhan
One of the  greatest Hindi poets, who was also a prominent figure in the freedom  movement.
Durgawati Devi
Brave woman who  provided safe passage to Bhagat Singh after the killing of John Saunders and  much more during her revolutionary days.
Sucheta Kripalani
A prominent  freedom fighter who became the independent India’s first woman Chief Minister  of UP Government.
Accamma Cherian
She is an  inspirational leader of the freedom movement in Travancore, Kerala. She was  given the name ‘Jhansi Rani of Tranvancore’ by Mahatma Gandhi.
Aruna Asaf Ali
She was an  inspirational freedom fighter who is perhaps best remembered for hoisting the  Indian National flag in Mumbai during the Quit India Movement in 1942.
Durgabai Deshmuk
She was a tireless  worker for the emancipation of women in Andhra Pradesh and was also an  eminent freedom fighter and member of the Constituent Assembly.
Rani Gaidinliu
Naga spiritual and  political leader, she led an armed uprising against the British in Manipur,  Nagaland and Assam.
Usha Mehta
She was a freedom  fighter from a very young age, who is remembered for organising an  underground radio station during the Quit India Movement of 1942.
Parbati Giri
She was one of  Odisha’s most prominent women freedom fighters who was called the Mother  Teresa of Western Odisha for her work in the upliftment of her people.
Tarkeshwari Sinha
She was a  prominent freedom fighter during the Quit India Movement. She went on to  become an eminent politician in the early decades of independent India.
Snehlata Varma
She was a freedom  fighter and tireless worker for the education and upliftment of women in  Mewar, Rajasthan.
Tileshwari Baruah
She was one of  India’s youngest martyrs. She was shot at the age of 12 by the British,  during the Quit India Movement, when she and some freedom fighters tried to  unfurl the Tricolour atop a police station.
Jhalkari Bai
She was a woman  soldier who grew to become one of the key advisors to the Rani of Jhansi and  a prominent figure in the First War of Indian Independence, 1857.
Padmaja Naidu
She was the  daughter of Sarojini Naidu and a freedom fighter in her own right, who would  later become Governor of West Bengal and a humanitarian after Independence.
Bishni Devi Shah
She inspired  a large number of people in Uttarakhand to join the freedom movement.

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