The Nightingale Of India
March 8th is International Women’s Day, but India gets a head start on the celebrations during their Women’s Day held on February 13th. The date was chosen to honor the late poet and political activist Sarojini Naidu, also known as the Nightingale of India, who was born on the same day.
To say that Naidu had a way with words is putting it lightly. She spoke five languages and wrote highly revered poetry as she traveled the world to spread the word about the fight for Indian independence and other social issues, sometimes alongside Gandhi. She was the first female president of the Indian National Congress and the first female governor of Uttar Pradesh.