Google doodles on Cornelia Sorabji's 151st birth anniversary

Cornelia Sorabji Is Today's Google Doodle How India's First Woman Lawyer Broke Into A Man's World

After becoming the first female graduate of Bombay University, Sorabji wrote in 1888 to the National Indian Association for assistance in completing her education. She was also the first female to practice law in India and also in Britain, the first woman to go to Bombay University and the first Indian to study in Oxford University and definitely the first woman to be allowed to study law at that university.

Born on November 15, 1866 in Nashik, Sorabji was a pioneer who helped open up higher education as well as the legal profession to women. However, despite her successes, Sorabji would not be recognised as a barrister, unless the law that barred women from practising was changed in 1923.

- She enrolled in Deccan College, where she reportedly topped, but was not given a scholarship. In her own way, Sorabji ended up empowering these women. However, the difference between male and female judges in India is huge.

Having graduated from college with top marks, Sorabji is said to have being entitled to a scholarship to continue her studies in England. Till 1922, Oxford was known not to confer degrees to women. As per the data, she then worked as a professor of English in Gujarat, on a temporary basis.

Upon completing her education and returning to India in 1894, Sorabji was involved in social and advisory work on behalf of the purdahnashins or women, who, according to Hindu law, were forbidden to communicate with the outside male world.

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She vigorously fought for the rights of purdahnashins also earned a right to be trained them in nursing for providing them with an opportunity to work outside their home. They were not allowed to interact with men in public spaces. Sorabji came as a saviour for these women.

- In the next 20 years of service, it is estimated that Sorabji helped over 600 women and orphans fight legal battles, sometimes at no charge.

Google's doodle was created by Jasjyot Singh Hans and depicts Ms Sorabji in front of the high court to which she was eventually admitted.

Meanwhile, Cornelia appeared for the LLB examination of Bombay University in 1897 and the pleader's examination of Allahabad High Court in 1899. Google made this doodle to celebrate and appreciate Cornelia "for breaking that first glass ceiling and for her persistence in the face of great adversity".

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