Who was the First Lady Doctor in India?

By Ritika Pant|Updated : July 18th, 2022

The First Lady Doctor in India is Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi along with Kadambini Ganguly. She got graduated with a two-year degree. She is known to be the first woman to belong to the former Bombay presidency and study western medicine in the United States.

The biggest turning point in the life of Anandibai that urged her to become a physician was when his son died due to a lack of medicinal facilities. Anandibai gave birth to a baby boy at the age of just 14, but the kid died within 10 days because of the negligence of medical care. The loss made her do something great and improve India's healthcare quality.


India's First Female Doctor

Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, known as India's First Female Doctor, has inspired all generations of women and motivated them to continue their education in any situation. She was also called Anandi Gopal Joshi or Anandibai Joshi. Considered the First Lady Doctor in India, she was born on March 31, 1865, and brought up in a Brahmin Marathi family.

Because of the Indian tradition, she married early, at nine years of age, to Gopalrao Joshi, a postal clerk. After marriage, she got renamed 'Anandi'. Her husband strongly supported women's education and motivated her to pursue her dreams.

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FAQs on First Lady Doctor in India

  • Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi is the first lady doctor in India and the first female physician in the country. She is known to be the first female to study western medicine in the United States. She became the first doctor because she lost her son just after his birth due to the doctor’s negligence.

  • Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi was the first lady doctor in India, whereas Rukhmabai was the second lady doctor in India. Rukhmabai is also popular for being one of the first practicing women doctors in colonial India.

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