Google celebrates 153rd birthday of Anandi Gopal Joshi

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Joshi was born with the name Yamuna, in Kalyan of Maharashtra's Thane district. Not only was she India's first female doctor, but she was only 19 years old at the time.

The story of Anandi Gopal Joshi is a ideal as a period motivational saga that has its odes to women empowerment and gender equality with layers that comments on rigid customs like child marriage etc.

Anandi lived in Calcutta for a while, before going to the United States while.

She returned to India in late 1886 to a ceremonial welcome. Luckily her husband encouraged Joshi to keep on education. Theodesia would also send her medicines from America while Anandi was suffering from ill health. The medical resources that was necessary for the child's treatment was unavailable at that time. Gopalrao, a postal clerk was determined to educate his wife when she expressed her wish to study medicine at the age of 14. Anandibai then went to America to study medicine at Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine). She made the long journey to NY by ship and was received by Mrs. Carpenter there.

After obtaining a degree, she completed her thesis in obstetric practices among the ancient Hindus.

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Amidst the achievement, Anandibai's health significantly declined due to cold and unfamiliar weather and diet.

According to the blog, Joshi's young life was tragically cut short when she died of tuberculosis before her 22nd birthday.

In her honour, the Institute for Research & Documentation in Social Sciences, Lucknow instituted the annual "Anandibai Joshi Award" and the Maharashtra government offers a fellowship named after her. But being a progressive thinker who supported education for women, Mr Joshi regarded learning English to be a more pragmatic choice.

Though Anandi could not fulfill her dream of setting up a women's medical college in India due to her untimely death, she inspired millions of other women in the country who took to the medical profession in a big way in the last century and a half. Queen Victoria congratulated her on her graduation.

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