She was a great woman social worker and reformer from Maharashtra, who embraced Christianity in 1883 and worked all through her life for the education and uplift of women.
She was wife of Ananta Padnmanabha Dongre, who himself was an ardent supporter of Women’s Education. In 1889, she founded the Sharda Sadan for the education of widows and other women. She founded the Mukti Mission to provide shelter to destitute women and a rescue home, Kripa Sadan, for fallen women. She wrote a number of books in Marathi and English.
She is best known for writing a book titled “The High Caste Hindu Women” in which she depicted the miserable state of child widows.