Mumbai, July 30: Google today celebrates the 133rd birthday of Dr Muthulakshmi Reddi, who has left a mark in the field of education, law, medicine and was also recognised as a great reformer. The Doodle has been illustrated by Bangalore-based guest artist Archana Sreenivasan.
Dr Reddi devoted her entire life in working towards changing the lives of young girls and also fought against gender inequality imbibed deep in the society. Summer Season 2019 Google Doodle: Search Engine Marks The Summer Solstice in Northern Hemisphere.
Doodle celebrates the journey of Reddi, who was the first woman to work as a surgeon in a government hospital and was also the first female legislator in the history of British India. Reddi was born in 1883, and she fought against her parent's idea of early marriage. She convinced them that she deserved an education, she studied at Maharaja College in Tamil Nadu, which was formerly known as an all-boys institute. She excelled in her studies, won a scholarship and went on to become the first woman student at Madras Medical College.
Reddi gave up her medical career and fought to increase the legal marriage age for girls. She supported Gandhi's efforts for Indian Independence and worked towards the upliftment of women in the society.
After Reddi lost her sister to cancer, she launched Adayar Cancer Institute in 1954. It is one of the most reputed oncology centres in the world. for her contribution to the society, in the same year, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.