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6 Facts About RA Kartini That Most People Didn’t Know

May 20, 2019 / BNEC Public Relations
  1. She Came from Majapahit Royal Bloodline
    RA Kartini came from the Royal Bloodline or in Indonesia, people call it “darah biru”. Bupati Jepara, to be precise, RM Adipati Ario Sosroningrat was still related to Sultan Hamengkubuwono IV, and other kings of Majapahit.
  2. Excellent Writer and Reader
    Being banned from school Must be faced by Kartini. Even just as young as 12 years old, Kartini was promised to other man as an arranged marriage. Her studies at the Europese Lagere School (ELS) made her a woman with many talents, including speaking Dutch. Kartini started to write letters to her best friend, Rosa Abendanon, In Netherlands. Her time being “imprisoned” is mostly she use to read books and newspapers, mostly in Dutch.
  3. Married in A Relatively Young Age and Become the 4th Wife
    Kartini married in her prime age of 24 years old on 12 November 1903 with Rembang official KRM Adipati Ario Singgih Djojo Adhiningrat, which already had 3 wives before her. But using her rich and powerful husband, Kartini was able to build a school for woman. Here was where her ideas on emancipation is popularized.
  4. Die Young
    Who would have expected that such a brilliant mind and ahead of her time would die in a such of a young age? Kartini died 4 days after her giving birth to her only child when she is still as young as 25 years old.
  5. ‘Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang’ is Not A Book
    “Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang” by Kartini isn’t a book like most people would think. Its actually series of letter that she wrote and recorded, compiled into Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang”.
  6. Her Love for Education and Teaching is from Her Mother
    In her life time, she is known as someone that always seeks for new things in life such as knowledge. Well it’s not surprising because her mother is a teacher at Telukawur, Jepara named MA Ngasirah.

“Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Apr. 2018,
“Kartini.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 9 Apr. 2019,