Google today celebrates female teacher and celebrity Fatima Sheikh, widely regarded as India's first Muslim female teacher, with a doodle.
Sheikh, along with fellow pioneers and social reformers Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule, founded the Indigenous Library in 1848, one of the first girls' schools in India.
Fatima Sheikh was born on this day in 1831 in Pune. He was living with his brother Usman, and the brothers opened their home in Phules after the couple were fired for trying to educate low-income people
The Indigenous Library was opened under the Sheikh roof. Here, Savitribai Phule and Fatima Sheikh teach disadvantaged Dalit communities as well as Muslim women and children who are deprived of education based on class, religion, or gender.
As a lifelong champion of this equality movement, Sheikh went from house to house inviting the oppressed in his community to study at the Indigenous Library and escape the rigors of the Indian sub-program.
He faced strong opposition from prominent groups that tried to discredit those who were part of the Satyashodhak movement, but the Sheikh and his supporters persisted.
The Indian government has shed new light on the benefits of Fatima Sheikh in 2014 by incorporating her profile in Urdu literature along with other teachers who are following along.