At last the Registrar announced, “Mrs. Anandibai Joshi, Doctor of Medicine, Thesis: “Hindu Obstetrics.”
Spontaneous applause broke out. Anandibai walked over to Dr. Bodley who held the coveted degree in her left hand while extending her right. Silent tears slid down Anandibai’s cheeks. Rama watched Anandibai reach out her left hand to grasp the parchment.
Catching her cousin’s eye, Rama put her hands together. It was a great day for Hindu women.
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