First woman legislator in India was Keralite; writer NS Madhavan corrects Google Doodle
Writer N. S. Madhavan took to Twitter to correct a Google Doodle. The Google Doodle on July 30 had honoured the first woman legislator in India Muthulakshmi Reddy on her 133th birth anniversary.
According to N. S. Madhavan’s tweet, Dr. Mary Poonan Lukose from Travancore was the first Indian woman legislator. Dr. Mary Poonen Lukose became a legislator in 1924 whereas Dr. Muthulakshmi attained the position in 1927.
Both amazing ladies had a similar life, N. S. Madhavan mentioned in his tweet. Dr. Mary Poonen Lukose was born at Aymanam of Kottayam on August 2 in 1886, the same year when Dr. Muthulakshmi also was born.
After schooling, Mary tried to get admission in Maharaja’s College in Thiruvananthapuram (now University college) for science stream, but she was denied admission because of being a girl.
Thus she joined for history and became the only girl student in the college. As girls were not offered medical admission India at that time, she went to England for studying medicine and went on to become the first woman graduate in medicine from Kerala. She also completed post-graduation in gynaecology.
Later, Dr. Mary came back to India and joined in Thycaud government hospital for women and children. In 1922, she was nominated to Travancore legislative assembly which was known as Sree Chithra State Council.
In 1924, Dr. Mary was appointed as Surgery General and became the first woman in India to attain the position. She was awarded with Padma Sri and other honours. She passed away in 1976 at the age of 90. The life and field of work of both Dr. Mary and Dr. Muthulakshmi was similar and both were of the same age.
Surely @GoogleIndia @Google got the doodle wrong. First Indian woman legislator was not Muthulakshmi Reddy (1927) but Dr. Mary Poonan Lukose (1924) of Travancore. Both amazing ladies with almost similar lives. https://t.co/aPNSy6JaT2— N.S. Madhavan این. ایس. مادھون (@NSMlive) July 30, 2019