Happy Kartini Day | Celebrating The Birth Of Raden Ajeng Kartini In 1879

April 21, 2017

Today we commemorate the birth of Raden Ajeng Kartini in 1879, one of Indonesia's national heroes and a pioneer in the emancipation of Indonesian women.

Raden Ajeng Kartini was the first Indonesian feminist and a national heroine of Indonesia. Born on April 21, 1879 into an aristocratic Javanese family with a strong intellectual tradition, Kartini dedicated her life to improve life conditions of Javanese women whom at that time had low social status, through education. Kartini’s concerns spanned beyond women’s empowerment; she encouraged indigenous women to reach their dreams, attain freedom and obtain legal equality. Kartini's progressive ideas still ring true in the ears of Indonesian women today. In 1964, she was declared an Indonesian national heroine by President Sukarno and her birthday was subsequently named Kartini Day, which is celebrated annually.