India's first female physician's 153 birth anniversary
Became first Indian woman doctor at a time when educating a girl was not the usual practice while child marriage was the norm
India's first female physician Anandibai Joshi glorified her country posthumously. The death of her first child inspired her to learn something which women at that time would not even dream of. She was the first Indian woman who studied and graduated in a two year diploma in medicine from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. Her plans to educate herself gathered both; praises and criticism. She was strongly criticized by the orthodox Hindu society, who did not believe in educating women.
History is witness to extraordinary women who have inspired and determined the course of events and the forms of human culture. A powerful force encouraging change, in some societies, is imperative of mobilising the talents and the social strengths of women. In modern society the economic and social pressures to stop the waste of women in the workforce or to escape the shame in women's social subjugation may be resilient, history is witness that this transformation in our social order had been demanding, the continued courage, determination, and leadership of women themselves.
Anandi Gopal Joshi, the first Indian female doctor was the epitome of such determination at a time when educating a girl was not the usual practice while child marriage was the norm. Born in 1865 in Kalyan of the Thane district, getting married to Gopal Rao Joshi, a widower and twenty years senior to her, at the age of nine and becoming mother at the age of fourteen – the life of Anandi speaks a typical script of the life of any ordinary woman at that time. The death of her newly born baby boy became a turning point in Anandi's life which inspired her to become a physician. Her husband, Gopal Rao Joshi emerged a real champion of women empowerment and supported her to pursue her interest in medicine to become a physician at Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Google Doodle is celebrating her 153rd birth anniversary to salute this extraordinary lady and her husband.