After completing her teacher's education, Savitribai Phule started teaching girls in Maharawada, Pune. She did this with Sagunabai, who was a revolutionary feminist as well as Jyotirao's guru. Savitribai and Jyotirao Phule started their own school in Bhide Wada long after they started teaching with Sagunabai. Bhide Wada was the home of Tatya Saheb Bhide, who was inspired by the work that the three were doing. Bhide Wada's curriculum included traditional Western courses in mathematics, science and social studies.
By the end of 1851, Savitribai and Jyotirao Phule were running three separate schools for girls in Pune. Combined, the three schools had an enrollment of approximately one hundred and fifty students. Like the curriculum, the teaching methods employed by the three schools differed from those used in government schools. The author, Divya Kandukuri, believes Phule methods were considered superior to those used by government schools. As a result of this reputation, the number of girls receiving their education in Phule schools exceeded the number of boys enrolled in government schools.
Savitribai Phule was also an acute writer and poet. He published Kavya Phule in 1854 and Bawan Kashi Subodh Ratnakar in 1892, and also composed a poem called "Go, Get Education" in which he encouraged the oppressed to liberate themselves by receiving education. As a result of her experience and work, she became an avid feminist. She founded the Mahila Seva Mandal to raise awareness about issues related to women rights. He also called for a gathering place for women which was free from caste discrimination or discrimination of any kind. It symbolized that all the women present were sitting on the same mat. Savitribai was also an anti-child activist. She named the house a women's shelter home for contraceptives, where Brahmin widows could safely deliver their children and leave them there for adoption if they wanted. He also campaigned against child marriage and advocated widow remarriage. Savitribai and Jyotirao strongly opposed the practice of Sati and started a home for widows and children.