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

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Anandi Gopal JoshiSearch engine Google on Saturday celebrated the 153rd birth anniversary of Anandi Gopal Joshi, India’s first lady doctor with its Doodle. Google’s doodle shows her holding a degree with stethoscope hanging around her neck.

Born on March 31, 1865, Joshi was the first woman of Indian origin to study and graduate with a two-year diploma in medicine in the United States. She earned her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, now known as Drexel University College of Medicine.

Due to family pressure, she was married at the age of nine with Gopalrao Joshi, a widower almost 20 years older than her. But the marriage proved to be a biggest turning point of her life. Gopalrao Joshi not only supported her in all endeavours but also encouraged her to continue education. He also renamed India’s first lady doctor who was born with the name Yamuna  as ‘Anandi’.

“In 1886, a young doctor stepped off a ship from America, eager to take up the role of physician in charge of the female ward at Kolhapur’s Albert Edward Hospital. Not only was she India’s first female doctor, but she was only 19 years old at the time. Her name was Anandi Gopal Joshi, and her story is one of courage and perseverance,” Google writes in its blog.

“Joshi’s young life was tragically cut short when she died of tuberculosis before her 22nd birthday. However, her legacy and the path she paved for generations of women continues today. Interestingly, even a crater on Venus is named after her!” the blog further adds.

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