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Jayashri Naishadh Raiji

(1895 – 1985)- (Maharashtra)

Jayashri Naishadh Raiji (Aged 90) was born in 1895 and was an Indian independence activist, social worker, reformist, and politician. She became a member of the first Lok Sabha from the Bombay Suburban seat. Known for her social work, Raiji became the chairperson of the Bombay Presidency Women’s Council in 1919. During the Non-cooperation movement in 1930, she participated in the picketing of shops selling foreign goods and was imprisoned by British authorities for six months during the Quit India Movement in 1942.

Raiji helped to organize exhibitions and set up women’s cooperative stores to encourage the adoption of swadeshi goods. After India gained independence, she contested the first general elections from the Bombay Suburban constituency and became a member of the first Lok Sabha. She was one of the founding members of the Indian Council for Child Welfare. In 1980, she was awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Development and Welfare of Women and Children. Raiji was married to N. M. Raiji in 1918 and had four children with him. She passed away in 1985.