Google dedicates doodle to honour India’s First Female Doctor.


Google dedicates doodle to honour India’s First Female Doctor.

Google has dedicated a doodle to celebrate the 153rd birth anniversary of India’s first female doctor, Anandi Gopal Joshi.

The doodle has been created by Bangalore-based artist Kashmira Sarode.

Anandi Gopal Joshi was born in Maharashtra in 1865. She was married at the age of nine to a widower, Gopalrao Joshi, 20 years older to her, who later named her Anandi. He encouraged his wife to pursue her education and her interest in medicine.

At a tender age of 14 she gave birth to a boy, However the child soon dies because of lack of proper medical facilities. This was a big setback for her and was the turning point in her life.

Then she decided to pursue medicine. So at the age of 16 she left for America. She studied medicine at the Women’s Medical College, Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) where she got her degree.

At the age of 19 she was India’s first female doctor.

After getting her degree she returned to India in 1886 and took up the role of the physician in charge of the female ward at Kolhapur’s Albert Edward Hospital.

She wanted to start a medical college for women in India. However, she died of tuberculosis even before she turned 22. Although she couldn’t fulfill her dreams, she continued to inspire many young girls to pursue medicine. At a time when women were denied education she fought against the society & set up an example.

There is a crater on Venus which is named after her. All craters on Venus are named after famous women or female first names, and the one named ‘Joshee’ is a 34.3 km-diameter crater which lies at latitude 5.5° N and longitude 288.8° E.