Begum Rokeya was a famous writer and a social worker. She lived in undivided Bengal in the early 20th century. She was born in a village called Pairabondh, Rangpur in 1880. Her father’s name was Jahiruddin Muhammad Abu Ali Haider Saber. He was an educated landlord. Rokeya had two sisters and two brothers. Her elder brother and elder sister helped her for studies. All the time they encouraged her for education. She learnt Bangla and English from her elder brother Ibrahim. In 1896 Rokeya was married. She was then only sixteen years old. The name of her husband was Khan Bahadur Sakhawat Hussain.
She believed that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men have in the society. So she fought for their cause throughout her life . Her husband was very cooperative. He always encouraged Rokeya to go on with her activities. Her husband died in 1932. Begum Rokeya established Sakhawat Memorial Girl’s High School for female education. She wrote novels and short stories. Some of her important writings are Matichur, Sultana’s Dream, Padmarag etc. Begum Rokeya was died in December 09, 1932