Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi, first female legislator in the history of British India ( Screen grab courtesy: Google.com)
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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, reported NDTV.

Reddy holds many firsts to her name. She was the first female student admitted to the Madras Medical College, the first woman to work as a surgeon in a government hospital, and the first female legislator in British India, India Today reported.

She was born in 1886, in Pudukottai princely state. She shunned the idea of early marriage and registered herself for medical school. Muthulakshmi Reddi fought social inequality and supported Mahatma Gandhi’s fight for Indian independence. She is also the founder of the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, Hindustan Times reported.

Reddy is also remembered for launching the Adyar Cancer Institute in 1954 after losing a sister to cancer. The institute remains one of the most respected oncology centres in the world. It reportedly treats around 80,000 patients annually, reported India Today.

In 1956, Reddy was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

“Constantly breaking down barriers throughout her life, Reddy was a trailblazer who devoted herself to public health and the battle against gender inequality, transforming the lives of countless people—especially young girls,” writes Google, in its tribute.

The doodle was designed by Bengaluru-based artist Archana Sreenivasan.

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