Google honours Anandi Gopal Joshi, India's first lady doctor

Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of India's first female doctor Anandi Gopal Joshi

“Her legacy and the path she paved for generations of women continues today,” Google writes about her in its blog

Anandi was born as Yamuna in Maharashtra's Thane district in 1865.

Yamuna was married at the age of nine to Gopalrao Joshi, a widower nearly 20 years older than her, due to family pressure. He was a postal clerk and was determined to educate his wife when she expressed her wish to study medicine. She was renamed Anandi after her marriage.

It was this heartbreak that inspired her to go into medicine, and with the encouragement of her husband she started writing letters to well-known missionaries.

Imagine being completely illiterate and then going on to becoming a doctor at age 19. But, in her community address at the Serampore College Hall, she spoke about the persecution she and her husband had endured.

Once in America, Anandibai wrote to the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine), asking for admission to their medical program, the second women's medical program in the world.

To portray Anandi Gopal Joshi will be a challenge for Deepika, Kangana and Vidya but knowing their caliber, we think they can pull it, it will be more hard to depict the exact age but some liberties can be taken as the story of Anandi Gopal Joshi is certainly a story that needs to be told.

After obtaining a degree, she completed her thesis in obstetric practices among the ancient Hindus. Rachel Bodley, the then dean of the college enrolled her. In America, her declining health worsened because of the cold weather and unfamiliar diet. Anandi Gopal Joshi went on to inspire generations of women to pursue their higher education.

The Indian female doctor would have celebrated her 153rd birthday today. The news spread far and wide and managed to move even Queen Victoria enough to send her a congratulatory message.

Her dream was cut short when tuberculosis claimed her life next year. The State of Kolhapur appointed her as the physician-in-charge of the female ward of the local Albert Edward Hospital. In New York, Theodicia Carpenter received her in June 1883. Her death made headlines across India and the entire nation mourned her passing.

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