Google celebrates the 155th birth anniversary of Kamini Roy, by dedicating a doodle in her remembrance. Kamini Roy (12 October 1864 – 27 September 1933) was preeminent Bengali poet, social worker and feminist in British India. She was the first woman honours graduate in British India.She was well known for endeavour in advocating women about their rights. She also contributed to rise advance feminism in the Indian subcontinent.
She was born in the year 1864 in an elite family at Bakergunj district of the Bengal Presidency. She earlier had passion for mathematics but later determined to purse Sanskrit later. She not only earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in the language from Bethune College in 1886 but also started teaching there.
Roy has been in writing since younger years. In the year 1889, she published her first book of poems Alo O Chhaya. During the course of teaching at Bethune, she met Abala Bose, who was known for her upliftment of women and their education. She later worked towards women voting rights in Bengal, due to hard efforts women were allowed to exercise their right for the first time in the 1926 Indian general election. In the year 1922 she was also a member of the Female Labour Investigation Commission. She was honoured with Jagattarini Gold Medal by the Calcutta University.
Among her renowned literary writing some of them are: Mahasweta, Pundorik, Pouraniki, Dwip O Dhup, Jibon Pathey, Nirmalya,Malya O Nirmalya, Ashok Sangeet, Gunjan (Children’s book), Balika Sikkhar Adarsha (Essays).
In one of her Bengali essay titled The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge she famously wrote:
The male desire to rule is the primary, if not the only, stumbling block to women’s enlightenment … They are extremely suspicious of women’s emancipation. Why? The same old fear – ‘Lest they become like us’.