133rd birthday of Muthulakshmi Reddi, Google Doodle Celebrates India's First Woman Legislator Birth Anniversary. Born on July 30, 1883 in Tamil Nadu, Dr Reddi became the first woman to work as a surgeon in a government hospital and the first female legislator in the history of British India.
Today's Google Doodle celebrates Indian educator, lawmaker, surgeon, and reformer Dr Muthulakshmi Reddi. Constantly breaking down barriers throughout her life, Dr Reddi devoted herself to public health and the battle against gender inequality, transforming the lives of countless young girls.
At a young age Reddi rebelled against her parents' plan for her early marriage and instead persuaded them to allow her to study further. She became the first female student to be admitted to a pretigious Indian institutes as she attended an all-boys school, Maharaja College.
She was faced with threats of students pulling out from the school but she went on to win a scholarship and graduated with honors. She was also the first female student at Madras Medical College.
Reddi later gave up her medical practice to join the Madras Legislative Council, where she worked to raise the legal age of marriage and combatted exploitation of girls.
In 1914, she married a doctor named Sundara Reddi on the understanding that he treat her as an equal. Working for the upliftment of women and battling gender inequality, she supported Gandhi’s efforts for Indian independence.
She resigned from the Council to support the Salt Satyagraha. When three young devadasi girls knocked on her door in 1930, she established the Avvai Home to shelter and educate girls like them.