During her seclusion, Kartini continued to educate herself on her own. Kartini's book was published at a time when the Dutch Colonial Government were implementing Dutch Ethical Policy in the Dutch East Indies, and Abendanon was one of the most prominent supporters of this policy. Kartini's letters also expressed her hopes for support from overseas. In her letters, she mentioned that not only did her esteemed husband support her desire to develop the woodcarving industry in Jepara and the school for native women, but she also mentioned that she was going to write a book.Because she could speak Dutch, she acquired several Dutch pen friends. In her correspondence with Estell "Stella" Zeehandelaar, R. Kartini expressed her desire to be like European youth. Sadly, this ambition was unrealized as a result of her premature death in 1904 at the age of only 25.She was also a pioneer in the area of education for girls and women's rights for Indonesians.Born into an aristocratic Javanese family in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, she attended a Dutch language primary school.
We are currently sprucing up our website to be faster, easier to use, and just plain better all around.Since Ngasirah was not of sufficiently high nobility, her father married a second time to Woerjan (Moerjam), a direct descendant of the Raja of Madura.After this second marriage, Kartini's father was elevated to Regency Chief of Jepara, replacing his second wife's own father, Tjitrowikromo.Her grandfather, Pangeran Ario Tjondronegoro IV, became a Regency Chief at the age of 25, while Kartini's older brother Sosrokartono was an accomplished linguist.Kartini's family allowed her to attend school until she was 12 years old.