This was Anandibai. Fearless. Staunch in the pursuit of her goals. By eighteen she had already overcome much. Married at the age of nine, at fourteen she endured the loss of her child ten days after giving birth. And then she spent much of her late teens in poor health, suffering from a multitude of maladies including weakness and frequent headaches.
But education was important to her. It had been for much of life. Born into a wealthy family, her father went against customs to have his daughter educated and her husband supported Anandibai’s studies as well.
In the U.S., she was admitted to and attended the Women’s Medical College. After graduating in 1886, she traveled back to India in hopes of practicing medicine there. But she became ill shortly after her return, passing away in 1887 from tuberculosis.
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Anandibai Joshi – a snapshot biography. sources:
- The Triange – The Graduates by Danielle Verghese
- Smithsonian Magazine – This 19th Century “Lady Doctor” Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicine
- Anandibai Joshi Wikipedia
- Photo taken by Caroline Wells Healey Dall, Drexel University College of Medicine (http://xdl.drexelmed.edu/item.php?object_id=001128) / Wikimedia Commons