Anandi Joshi Gopal was the first Indian female to become a doctor.
Born with the name Yamuna, in Kalyan of Maharashtra's Thane district, she was married at the age of 9 Gopalrao Joshi, a widower who was nearly 20 years older than her, due to family pressure.
Originally named "Yamuna", she was born on March 31, 1865 in Kalyan town in today's Thane district, around 50 kms north of Mumbai. She was then only 22 years old.
On Doordarshan, a serial was based on her life.. Unfortunately, he didn't live beyond 10 days due to the unavailability of medical care he needed for his survival.
ANANDI Joshi may not be a name many people in Britain know - but she remains hugely significant in India to this day.
Her husband also encouraged her to continue her education and her interest in medicine. Anandi Gopal Joshi went on to inspire generations of women to pursue their higher education.
Her work even inspired Queen Victoria. Facing such huge trauma and sadness at fourteen, she chose to do something about healthcare in India. The Christians supported her and wanted her to convert to Christianity. She stressed the need for Hindu female doctors in India and also pledged that she would not convert.
Her speech was publicised widely in the media, donations poured in and she finally embarked on a ship from Kolkata to NY to reach her host, Carpenter in June 1883. Although she could not convert her degree into a successful profession but surely left a mark in the country, contributed to a much better and bolder India opening gates for all of us who aspire to achieve a career in medicine. Rachel Bodley, the dean of the college, enrolled her. With the help of her husband, Anandi Gopal Joshi pursued her career in Medicines.
By 1886, Anandibai obtained her MD degree though her health had started failing by the time.
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. In America, her declining health worsened because of the cold weather and unfamiliar diet.