Today, Google Honours feminist icon and educator Fatima Sheikh with a doodle, who is India's first Muslim woman teacher. 

Google Honours Fatima Sheikh With A Doodle

Fatima Sheikh, along with other social reformers and pioneers Jyotirao and Savitribai Phule, co-founded the one of India's first schools for girls named Indigenous Library in 1848.


Savitribai Phule and Fatima Sheik showed networks of marginalized Dalit and Muslim women and children who were denied education based on class, religion, or gender.

Woman Reading

The Phules’ efforts to avail educational opportunities to the ones who were born into lower castes known as the Satyashodhak Samaj (Truthseekers’ Society) movement.

Green Star

Sheik went house to house to welcome the discouraged locally to learn at the Indigenous Library and getaway the inflexibility of the caste framework.

Her life remains as a demonstration of social changes that were supported by Indian ladies in the pre-freedom time inspite of criticism.


The Indian government focused new light on Fatima Sheikh's accomplishments in 2014 by including her profile in Urdu course readings close by other pioneer instructors.