Journey across the world to study medicine: The Anandi Joshi story

Bharadwaj, Hareesha Rishab, Dalal, Priyal, Tan, Joecelyn Kirani, Agarwal, Trishtha and Javed, Mahnoor (2023) Journey across the world to study medicine: The Anandi Joshi story. Journal of Medical Biography . ISSN 0967-7720

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Women faced significant barriers to pursue education in the 19th century, yet modern history has witnessed bold women overcoming insurmountable odds in this quest. To this end, Anandi Joshi braved monumental odds to successfully become the first female physician in India. Born in 1865, Anandi was one of 10 children. Her zeal for knowledge was noted early by her father, who ensured that his daughter was well-educated. She married Gopalrao Joshi as a child when she was nine; a practice that was common at the time. Anandi's quest to become a physician stemmed from a traumatic event which saw the death of her child due to the lack of medical care. Despite the numerous prevalent barriers which prevented women from indulging in education, Anandi was determined. She travelled to the United States, where through sheer persistence, she was admitted to the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1886. She subsequently returned to her home country, making her the first female physician in India. Despite her untimely death, Anandi became immortalised as a legend, a beacon of hope, and continues to serve as an inspiration for generations of Indian women.

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