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7 inspiring Indian women who studied abroad

On 8 March, we look at 7 prominent Indian women who studied at some of the world's best institutions and went on to become great successes. Happy International Women's Day!
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Anandibai Joshi

Born in 1865 in Bombay, Dr. Anandibai Joshi is fondly remembered as the first female physician of India.

At the age of 14, Anandibai Joshi lost her 10-days old baby to improper medical care which inspired her to work towards the improvement of medicinal facilities in India. Braving intense opposition from orthodox Hindus, she travelled to the USA in 1883 to study medicine at the Women's Medical College Pennsylvania. The medical program was only the second in the world to be open to women.

Despite serious health issues, Anandibai Joshi completed her MD, writing a thesis on obstetrics. When she graduated, Queen Victoria sent her a congratulatory message. On returning to India, she was appointed as a physician in the Albert Edward Hospital in Kolhapur.

When she passed away the next year at a very young age, an entire country mourned her.



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03 March 2023

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