Google Doodle today paid commendable tribute to India’s Kadambini Ganguly who was the first female medical professional of Western medicine in India. She was the first woman to get admission in Calcutta Medical College, and she bagged the top spot as the first female to achieve various other monumental goals.
She was a pathbreaker , breaking barriers at a time when it was unheard of for women to even leave their households, Kadambini was one of the most liberated Indian women to have ever lived.
Google Doodle – Kadambani Ganguly
It was the year 1861. Industries had just begun to get set up, a step towards modernity. On the other side workers were put under huge duress, by their employers, Indians tied by the hands of their colonizers and women were deeply oppressed by the norms of age-old patriarchy enforced by men, which made them bear the weight of every kind of subjugation.
Kadambain Doctor who is she
Kadambini Ganguly (Bengali: কাদম্বিনী গাঙ্গুলি; 18 July 1861 – 3 October 1923) was one of the first Indian female doctors who practised with a degree in modern medicine, alongside other pioneering women such as Anandibai Joshi. Ganguly was the first woman to gain admission to Calcutta Medical College in 1884, subsequently trained in Scotland,and established a successful medical practice in India.
Born to a family in Bhagalpur, Bihar, completely unaware that her heart and soul belonged to a time that was way ahead in the future. Little did she know that the world wouldn’t be as welcoming as she hoped to a girl like her, and with a grave vengeance, find ways to cast her out.
In the session of INC in 1890 in Calcutta, Kadambini gave a lecture in English – becoming the first woman to do so at the INC.
She went on to actively support women’s emancipation along with her husband, calling out institutions that discriminated against females, like CMC who felt so threatened by her voice that they ultimately opened their college for all women in 1915.