Dr Motibai Kapadia (1867-1930), Gujarat’s first lady doctor who treated sexism and untouchability
Motibai was born to an affluent Parsi family of Bombay and was brought up in that city. She was the first woman to pass out from the Grant Medical College. The year she qualified as a doctor, industrialist Ranchhodlal Chhotalal founded a hospital for women in Ahmedabad. He invited Motibai to head the hospital – the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. She accepted the offer and worked there for the next four decades. The British government later conferred the ‘Kaisar-e-Hind’ title on her for her contributions.
Motibai was not only the first lady doctor in Gujarat, but also a social reformer.
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