Raden Ajeng Kartini was born on 21 April 1879 in Jepara. She was a leading feminist of women emancipation in Indonesia. Her father was an assistant for the district chief of the city. Her first dream was becoming like her mother, working hard for others. She went to a Dutch school but when she was 12 years old her father prohibited her from continuing her studies because of the tradition - a noble girl was not allowed to have a higher education, they had to be secluded.


Ibu Kartini was very concerned because of education in Indonesia especially for women. Because of her concerns, she found a school only for women in Indonesia.

She sometimes discussed the issues together with a Dutch couple, the Ovinks. They were amazed with Kartini's fluency in Dutch. Kartini had a book to read from Mrs. Ovink and started to correspond with people in the Netherlands. In her letter to her pen friends, Kartini always discussed feminist matters and revealed her dream of equality between men and women in Indonesia. Kartini insisted that she continue her studies although her father was against it. Finally Kartini wrote a letter to the Education and Culture Director, Mr. Abendanon, who sent her a very promising reply. Kartini married a regent and moved to Rembang in 1903 in Central Java. She wrote a book called "Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang" (Through Darkness to Light) which consists of the collection of her letters to her friends. She passed away in November 1904 while giving birth to her first son.

Every school from kindergarten to high school level celebrates Kartini Day by having a flag ceremony and singing the Ibu Kartini song. Kindergarten and elementary schools usually have special events like poem reading competitions, drawing competitions, modeling competitions (girls wear a costume like Ibu Kartini's, with kebaya and batik cloth. In Jepara there is a Kartini Museum which contains a collection of Kartini's personal belongings, including furniture from her house, several photos, letters written by her and other documents relating to her life

by ari from jakarta

11 comments

  1. ReGiE // April 21, 2009 at 11:46 PM  

    met hari kartini

  2. suryaden // April 22, 2009 at 1:18 AM  

    selamat hari Kartini...

  3. wie // April 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

    Kartini yang menjadi inspirasi para wanita Indonesia, selamat hari kartini..

  4. el // April 22, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

    We have found kartini to be thoughtful, cool, calm collected and intelligent. she's a greatest one.

  5. Fajar // April 22, 2009 at 1:21 PM  

    ayo kita lanjutkan perjuangan ibu RA Kartini untuk emansipasi wanita.
    Ibu kita Kartini.. Putri sejati.. Putri Indonesia
    Harum namanya.
    Ibu kita Kartini.. Pendekar bangsa.. Pendekar kaumnya.. Untuk merdeka. MERDEKA !!

  6. Ngorek blog's // April 25, 2009 at 12:53 PM  

    walaupun saya laki
    saya merasa seperti wanita saat hari kartini

  7. Suster Gila // April 25, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

    Bagi saya Kartini lebih cantik dari Monalisa, mana pinter lagi... :)

  8. hero-bussiness // April 28, 2009 at 3:09 PM  

    Nice blog with powerful articles

  9. ini dan itu // May 3, 2009 at 10:07 AM  

    salute to RA Kartini :)

  10. jazrul // May 19, 2009 at 8:48 AM  

    cantik betul lukisan tu


    malaysia seo

  11. fauzi // June 16, 2009 at 8:42 AM  

    ya memang cantik

    malaysia seo

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