A liberal spirit, she was an ardent nationalist and one of the founders of the women’s movement in India. She certainly imbibed some of her non-conformist attitude from her husband Sayajirao Gaekwad. Under him, Baroda became the first princely state to discard the purdah, a move that gave Chimnabai the freedom to pursue her campaign to emancipate women. She presided over the first All-India Women’s Conference in Poona and was co-opted by Sarojini Naidu to assume presidency of the National Council of Women in 1926. [X]
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