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Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy

 Name - Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi an eminent medical practitioner, social reformer She was the first women legislator in India

 Place on Birth- Pudhukottai, Tamil Nadu

Father- S Narayanaswami

 Mother Chandrammal

Studied in Pudhukottai and qualified as a doctor from madras Medical college

Married Dr Sandara Reddy.

She was the first girl student to be admitted into a Men's College, the first woman House Surgeon in the Government Maternity and Ophthalmic Hospital, the first woman legislator in British India, the first Chairperson of the State Social Welfare Advisory Board and the first woman Deputy President of the Legislative Council and the first Alderwoman of the Madras Corporation Avvai home -She has authored many books. Muthulakshmi Reddy was the President of the All-India Women's Conference. She passed the Bill for the suppression of brothels and immoral trafficking in women and children. A home for rescued girls and women were opened through her efforts to provide shelter to women and girls rescued from brothels . She was instrumental in starting the famous Adyar Cancer Institute

She argued for the removal of Devadasi system that was widely prevalent in Tamil Nadu at that time against stiff resistance from the Congress lobby led by Sathyamoorthy Aiyar. She was the founder-president of the Women’s Indian Association (WIA) and became the first alderwoman of the Madras Corporation.

Dr Reddy was actively involved with several toilets and women’s toilets, and initiated measures to improve the medical facilities given to slum dwellers. In 1930, she founded toilets , a home for destitute women and orphans at Besant Avenue, Adyar. As an MLC, she introduced a scheme of free education for girls up to class eight.

Mar 05, 2014
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