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        PROFILE OF THE MONTH: DR ANANDIBAI JOSHI (MARCH 31, 1865 – FEBRUARY 26, 1887)
A Strong-willed Medical Scientist,
Torchbearer of the 19th Century
 She wasn’t a reformer, but by her single-minded pursuit of study aimed at ameliorating the condition of young mothers, she became an inspiration for generations to follow
n Dr Prachee Sathe and Dr K K Kshirsagar
Dr Anandibai Joshi, though lived a very short life of 22 years, carved out for herself a unique position in the history of emancipation of women in the second half of the 19th century, by taking a leap from the state of ignorance and illiteracy to becoming the first successful Indian lady medical graduate of modern medicine from a US University. Dr Joshi, formerly known as Yamuna, did not take the role of a feminist or a reformer, nor did she work conscientiously towards emancipation of women. But her sole perseverance for her goals and her achievements were so spectacular that it compelled the society to alter its viewpoint towards the poten- tial capacity of women to get educated, their rights and status of women in India and abroad.
JOURNEY FROM YAMUNA TO
DR ANANDI GOPAL JOSHI
Yamuna, a girl born in a middle-class family on March 31, 1865 — darling of her parents — was a playful, healthy child. She was married at the age of nine
years to Gopalrao Joshi. Thence started the second most important period of the awakening of her potential in life. This was the period influenced by Gopalrao, to raise the quest for knowledge and create a balanced mature mind looking
forward to the future field of studies. Go- palrao was a firm believer that women could be as intelligent as men or better. Despite resistance, he pursued his goal of educating young Anandi.
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