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What would Kartini say if she were here?

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Sat, April 21 2012   /  02:52 pm

Approaching the commemoration day of Kartini, the national heroine, which falls on April 21, the Women Corps of the Indonesian Military (Wanita TNI) will hold a talk show on health and beauty.

Meanwhile civil servants at the Defense Ministry have organized a singing contest as a tribute. In Semarang, 15 police women from the National Police (Polri) of Central Java Province will put on a catwalk show in a mall.

Other female police personnel will use traditional clothes at work. Upon hearing the news, one question comes to mind: Since when was Kartini famous for her health, beauty, clothes and singing voice?

As a reminder, Kartini rose to prominence for her thoughts and writings, which are compiled in Letters of a Javanese Princess ( 1920 ). She pursued the highest possible level of education for women at that time, Sekolah Rakyat (Public School), until the maximum ...