Introducing our next Legendary Lady

Our next lady...drum roll please....

The amazing Anandi Gopal Joshi. She is regarded as the first Indian woman to get a western medical degree. Her story is both uplifting and heartbreaking. The arduous details of her life will be withheld from the book, for obvious reasons. But as parents, this book opens the door to have conversations with our children about life in the past, different cultures and the beautiful story of one lady overcoming enormous obstacles.

We will be diving more into the below questions, as a way to help introduce you to this Anandi. I hope you enjoy learning about this Legendary Lady.

1. Social norms: What is the cast system? Why was it in place? Why was it so amazing that this woman essentially broke away from her cast and became a pioneer in medicine.

2. Cultural differences: Why was she lucky that her husband and father wanted her to get educated? Why were most girls not educated? 

3. Why did she have to come to America to get a medical degree?

4. She was married very young. In many cultures for many years this was something that practiced. Many cultures have turned away from this, but unfortunately it still happens. 

5. Someone very young can change the world! She passed away at a very young age and actually never was able to practice medicine in India, but though brief...her life changed the lives of so many people.

We will be diving more into these questions, one each week. I hope you enjoy learning about this Legendary Lady.

If you’re looking for fun and educational books for children, you’ve come to the right place. At Our Legendary Ladies, we’re passionate about encouraging parents to read to their children at the youngest possible age, and we’re big believers in going beyond the basics of numbers, colors, and animals. Our children’s books are centered around some of history’s most inspiring women, and we love being able to share their stories. Some of our most popular kids books include:

Harriet Tubman - Our children’s book on Harriet Tubman is a favorite among our customers, and for good reason. This legendary lady made a critical impact on the world at a crucial time, and she is known as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad during the 1850s. Originally born a slave, Harriet dedicated her life to helping slaves escape to freedom in the North. Learn more about Harriet Tubman from our website, or order our children’s book about her online today!

Anandi Gopal Joshi - Have you heard about the legendary lady, Anandi Gopal Joshi? This incredible woman was one of the earliest Indian female physicians. She secured her medical degree at the young age of 21 and she graduated from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1885. Her children’s book will be available this summer!