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Annie Besant

The British socialist, who was an advocate of Indian self-rule, had helped in the establishment of Sind National Collegiate Board and Central Hindu College, Mumbai, in 1902. During World War I, she joined Lok Manya Tilak and started All India Home Rule League. Besant, then, went on to become the president of Indian National Congress for a year.

How many of these brave women freedom fighters have you heard of?

The glorious history of India’s struggle for independence has mentions of women who were exceptional in bravery and had the kind of intelligence without which this movement wouldn’t have been successful.

Even after all these years, they remain to be an immense source of inspiration. Here are 10 such brave warriors of freedom who came from all walks of life, all segments of society, but worked towards that great one aim – freedom.