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Anandibai Joshi

Indian Academy of Sciences

Indian Academy of Sciences

Medicine (1885, Philadelphia), Anandibai Joshi, the first Hindu woman to obtain a medical degree in the Western hemisphere, was born Yamuna Joshi on March 31, 1865 in Poona, India. She was the first lady to complete medical eduacation in the USA. She died in Poona at an early age of 22.

An excerpt from the publication "Anandi Gopal":
"In ‘lot 216-A’ of the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, New York, amongst the numerous gravestones of Americans lies the rectangular gravestone of Dr. Anandibai Joshi. The inscription tells us that Anandi Joshi was a Hindu Brahmin girl, the first Indian woman to receive education abroad and to obtain a medical degree. How did she achieve this? What were the obstacles she faced?"

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