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Order Your Anandi Gopal Joshi Children’s Book Online

Looking for an inspiring and educational children’s book to give this holiday season? Look no further than Our Legendary Ladies kid’s story book on the incredible Anandi Gopal Joshi. This beautiful kid’s story book will make the perfect gift for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and more. In this decorative story book, you’ll find: Historically accurate information on Anandi Gopal Joshi, one of India’s first female doctors. Beautiful illustrations that your child is sure to love.  When you order a children’s book from Our Legendary Ladies, you’re not only purchasing a piece of educational literature for your child, you’re helping us give back to the community. How, you ask? For each kid’s book we sell, our company will donate a portion of...

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The first dedicated children's book to Anandi Gopal Joshi is ready!

To think we would be the first to write a children's book dedicated to this amazing woman is humbling. To tell her story has been such an honor. It was not a responsibility we took lightly by any means. We worked with her leading historian, Dr. Anjali Kirtane to make sure we told her story as accurately as possible.  Through the creation process we learned so much, not only about this amazing woman but also Indian culture and history. We feel in love with the vibrant cultural colors.  We hope you love Anandi Gopal Joshi's story as much as we do. We are in the process of writing a one pager to help tell all of the amazing details on...

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Anandi Gopal Joshi deeper dive: Her marriage at age 9

She (Anandi Gopal Joshi) was married around 1874, when Anandi was only 9 years old. Her husband, Gopalroa Joshi was 20 years her senior.  Although these numbers are shocking, but around the world during these times child marriage was more accepted. 

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But even with these laws and initiatives almost 1.5 millions girls (in India) will be married before their 18th birthday. And though rare there are reports of mass wedding ceremonies in the Biaora Kalan villiage at which over 60 young couples between the ages of 12-16 were married. 

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Anandi Gopal Joshi deeper dive: Her impact on women's education in India.

Talk about enlightening. As I read about the education landscape for women in the late 1800's in India, it's heart breaking. One article I was reading said that in the Hindu culture at that time, it was considered a sin for a girl to get an education...but was completely normal for a marriage to happen by 12 or 13 years old.  Anandi Gopal Joshi herself was married at 9. Think about that for a second, child marriage was an encouraged thing yet an education for those girls was a sin.... English men and women at the time tried to set up schools but people believed that to go to one of those "christian" schools would mean needing to convert or...

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Anandi Gopal Joshi deeper dive: The caste system

For a very long time even in the highest of castes women were considered chattles, like livestock. They were not allowed to get an education and were kept happy by being given "ornaments". So just imagine what it was like to be a woman in any lower caste.

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