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First Indian Woman to be a Doctor
Yamuna was born to an orthodox Hindu family in Thane, Maharashtra in India. At 9, she was married as was the custom to a man 20 years her senior, Gopalrao Joshi. After her marriage Yamuna came to be known as Anandibai Joshi.
Gopalrao was keen on education and he believed that instead of Sanskrit, everyone must know English. He taught his young wife English.
When aged 14, Anandibai lost her son after 10 days due to lack of medical facilities. This was a turning point of her life.
Gopalrao had a transferable job and they would travel from Kalyan, Alibaug and Calcutta.
At Calcutta, Anandibai was suffering from multiple illnesses. Instead of holding her back, her husband demanded from her an education.
He was adamant about sending his wife to the US to attain a medicine degree.
With a lot of resistance from the society, lack of funds and trouble with religion Anandibai finally travelled alone to America.
There she contracted TB yet managed to secure her degree.
Dr. Anandibai Joshi returned to India and was welcomed with huge pomp.
Unfortunately, her weak health got the better of her and she died aged 21.
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