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Anasuya Sarabhai Biography, Age, Death, Height, Weight, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 10, 2018

Short Biography

Anasuya Sarabhai was born on 11-11-1885 in Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India. She was an Indian Activist & Politician.

Other Name: Motaben
Other Professions: Politician

Anasuya Sarabhai Complete Bio & Career

Many extraordinary and outstanding women in Indian history have made their mark by breaking barriers and have set an example for the whole country. One of such heroines in Indian history is Anasuya Sarabhai. She worked selflessly and tirelessly for the upliftment of underprivileged people. She was often referred as ‘Motaben’.
She was just 9 years old when she lost both her parents. She along with her two young siblings was raised by her uncle Chimanbhai Sarabhai. She was just 13 when she was forced to get married. However, the unhappy marriage was short lived and soon ended in a divorce. She wanted to complete her education and therefore as soon as she returned back after her marriage, she decided to complete her education. Her siblings supported her completely and helped her pursue further studies.
She for further studies left for England in the year 1912. During her time in England, she was inclined towards the noble cause of social equality. This happened after she met socialists like Sydney Webb, Chesterton, and Bernard Shaw. She returned back to India in 1913 and started working for unprivileged communities.
She became a prominent figure throughout the country after she was asked to address the issue of mill workers. She was in a state of shock after hearing to their problems and made sure that she will better their conditions anyhow. She demanded two things for mill owners for their workers i.e. the better working conditions and better wages and gave a deadline of 48 hours otherwise the workers will conduct a strike. She even went against her brother Ambalal during this protest who was then the president of the Mill Owners’ Association. It took 21 days and mill owners finally agreed to fulfill her demand. Even the great Mahatma Gandhi appreciated such efforts of Anasuya.
In 1920, she was declared by Mahatma Gandhi as lifelong president of the labor union. After becoming the president, she established a school name Kanyagruha so that she can provide education to the daughters of poor Ahmedabad’s textile workers. She supported the appointment of Ela Bhatt at Ahmedabad’s Textile Labour Association. They both established an organization called SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association of India) in the year 1972. Unfortunately, Motaben died few months after the establishment of this wonderful organization.
She is remembered even after nearly 5 decades of her death, She was instrumental in empowering the labor and never misused her power or position for her personal benefit. She was a courageous leader and will always be remembered for the work she did her entire life. She holds a significant place in the history of India’s gender and labor rights movement.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

She died on 01-11-1972 in Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India at the age of 86.

DEATHDAY 1 November,1972 (Wednesday)
DEATH PLACE Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Anasuya Sarabhai Family, Relatives and Other Relations

She was born in an affluent Sarabhai family has one younger brother (Ambalal Sarabhai) and sister. Scientist Vikram Sarabhai was her nephew.

Life's Important Dates Of Anasuya Sarabhai

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Ahmedabad
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
School N/A
College London School of Economics, London
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Unmarried
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Politician Jawaharlal Nehru
Favorite Place London

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Anasuya Sarabhai

  • Google honoured with a doodle on her 132nd Birth Anniversary.
  • She was also the only woman who Gandhiji addressed as ‘Pujya’ or ‘blessed’ in his life.

Anasuya Sarabhai Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Anasuya Sarabhai was 86 years 11 months & 20 days old age.