G.K. Revathi (on the right); photo taken in 1976 at Krishna Photo Studio, Pondy Bazaar, Chennai "Guntur Krishnamurthy Revathi was the first female graduate of her family. While she studied Biology in school when it came to college she chose Commerce as she thought it would help her secure a job. Even before she completed... Continue Reading →
N. Anjana (Anjana Vedapuri), B.A, Ethiraj College, Chennai, 1970
Photo taken in 1972 "To the best of our knowledge, my mother, Anjana Vedapuri, is the first female graduate in her family. N.Anjana (as she was called then) finished her graduation in English Literature from Ethiraj College, Chennai in 1970. While her family could be called conservative in some ways, they were also highly supportive... Continue Reading →
T Saraswathy Amma, B.A and B.Ed, Calicut University, 1954
name of the graduate- Late T Saraswathy Amma, the college and/or university- Sree Kerala Varma College, Kerala major and degree- BA Malayalam, B.Ed( Calicut University, Kerala) the year of graduation- 1954 approximate year the photo was taken - 2007 "Late Saraswathy Amma, my maternal grandmother, the protagonist of this write up is the first woman... Continue Reading →
Varalakshmi Reddy, B.A, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, 1972.
(taken in 1972) "My mother passed away 4 years ago - her life and actions were an inspiration to me as a woman. She stayed away from her parents- with relatives in Bangalore, from age 8 to get an education and went on to become the 1st woman graduate in her immediate family." Contributor’s name:... Continue Reading →
Seenath Rohaiya, M.A, Sri Parasakthi Women’s College, Courtallam, 1970s
"IT’S MY LIFE! Forty five years ago, wearing the black gown, tightly holding the degree in hand a girl comes out of the Madurai Kamaraj University’s Convocation Hall. Her poor old father seeing with teary eyes brimming with love & immense pride hugs her and kisses her forehead. The moisture of that kiss felt... Continue Reading →
Dr. Mallika Quraishi, DGO, Stanley Medical College, Madras University, 1977
"Among the women who trust her to handle their delivery are those whom she had helped come into this world. It's a unique privilege that comes with being an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist for more than 40 years and my Aunt Dr Mallika Quraishi feels blessed to have it. Dr Mallika was among a handful of... Continue Reading →
Vasanthi Devi, M.A, Madras University, 1947.
"Vasanthi Devi received a B.A in 1945 at American College, Madurai, and M.A in Economics at Pachiyappa's College and Madras University. She received her M.A degree in 1947. The above photograph was taken some time in the 1970s when Mrs. Vasanthi Devi was teaching at Ethiraj College. She is being felicitated here by Mrs. Indira... Continue Reading →
Sundari Kumar, B.A, St. Agnes College (Mangalore), Madras University, 1950-51.
(Photograph was taken in 1953, just after her wedding) "Sundari Kumar received a BA Degree from St. Agnes, Mangalore, then part of Madras University. Mrs. Sundari Kumar later went on to do a Montessori training programme and taught in several schools including Carmel Convent, Calcutta and Loreto Convent, Ranchi." Contributor: Melanie P. Kumar (daughter)
Inder Kaur, M.A, University of Delhi, 1958
"My mother’s black and white graduation photograph hung on the whitewashed wall in the living room of her Nizamuddin house in 1994. It showed my mother, Inder Kaur, in a sombre pose, wearing a saree, holding her Master’s degree in Punjabi literature. She was standing under some trees, so it looks as if a few... Continue Reading →
The First Graduate Exhibit opens today: one photo and story at a time
We are excited to announce that today we begin publishing the submissions we have received for the exhibit, one photo and story at a time! We are choosing to exhibit in this fashion so that each photo and story gets the attention it deserves. Every exhibit will not only be displayed on our website, but circulated... Continue Reading →