The first Indian female doctor

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Anandi Gopal Joshi is India’s first female doctor.

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She was the first woman of Indian origin to study and graduate with a two-year diploma in medicine in the United States. According to her bio, Anandi Gopal Joshi came back to India in 1886 with a doctor’s degree at the inspiring young age of just 19 years.

She was born on this day in Maharashtra(India) in 1865. She was married at the age of nine to a widower, Gopalrao Joshi, 20 years her senior, who named her Anandi. At the age of 14, she gave birth to a boy, but he soon died because of lack of proper medical care. This was said to have been a turning point for the grieving mother, who developed an interest in medicine. Her husband encouraged her to pursue this study, 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) and returned to India with dreams of opening a medical college for women.

Unfortunately, young Anandi Gopal Joshi did not keep too well, and she died just short of 22 years due to tuberculosis on February 26, 1887. Though Anandi Gopal Joshi could not execute her dream of opening a medical college for women, but she did inspire subsequent generations of girls to fight for and follow their dreams.


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