Google Doodle celebrates India’s first female doctor’s birthday

On Saturday, Google celebrated the 153rd birthday of Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, one of the earliest Indian female physicians, with its doodle that shows her wearing a green saree and holding a degree with a stethoscope around her neck

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  • Anandi Gopal Joshi was India’s first female doctor. Anandi Joshi was born as Yamuna in Kalyan of Maharashtra’s Thane district.
  • She was married to a widower, almost 20 years older to her, at the age of nine. After her marriage, she was renamed Anandi. 
  • When Anandi was just 14, she gave birth to her first child. But, he lived only 10 days as the medical care necessary for his survival was unavailable
  • These incidents inspired her to study medicine and become a physician.

Gopalrao encouraged her to pursue medicine, and even sent her to America at 16. She earned her degree at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine).

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She came back to India and was appointed as the physician-in-charge of the female ward of the local Albert Edward Hospital by the princely state of Kolhapur.

Joshi died of tuberculosis before turning 22. She inspired  a subsequent generations of girls to fight for and follow their dreams. Anandi Gopalrao Joshi’s death was mourned throughout India.