—There is a quote which said, “For every man’s
success, there must be a great woman behind it”. And the story
of life of Inggit Garnasih proves it. Inggit was the second wife
of Indonesia’s first president, Ir. Soekarno. Soekarno had
many wives in his lifetime, but Inggit was the only wife who
accompanied Soekarno on his hard time, only took him to the
gate of glory without tasting the glory itself, and still loved him
even though he left her to marry another woman, who is their
own foster child, Fatimah. She is the one who always
strengthen Soekarno through many obstacles during his
struggle to realize Indonesia’s independence. Although she has
never been mentioned as hero, what she has done, which is
being a faithful and strong-hearted wife for Soekarno, has
been one of great contributions for Indonesia’s independence.
—Colonial period, history, wife, woman.
Devina Widya Putri is with the University of Indonesia (e-mail:
Cite: Devina Widya Putri, " Inggit Garnasih and Her Big Role as Soekarno’s Wife," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 491-495, 2015.