The Google doodle is celebrating the 153rd birth anniversary of India’s first woman doctor, Anandi Gopal Joshi.
Anandi was born in Thane district of Maharashtra on March 31, 1865. She was married at the age of 9 to Gopalrao Joshi, a man who was thrice her age. Anandi gave birth to a boy at the age of 14, but he soon died due to lack of medical care.
Her husband, Gopalrao, inspired her to educate herself at a time women education was not given much importance. He taught her to read and write. Anandi lived in Calcutta for a while, before going to United States.
Anandi suffered ill health at the time but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her higher education in a foreign country. Anandi got her medical degree from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine).
Anandi returned to India in 1886. The State of Kolhapur appointed her as the physician-in-charge of the female ward of the local Albert Edward Hospital. After a few months, she passed away because of tuberculosis on February 22, 1887 at the age of 22.