Vasantha Swaminathan, B.A., Madras University, 1976.

"Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur (Tanjore District) on October 3rd 1945,  in a family of 8 as the 5th child and the last of the 3 girls, she was the first woman graduate of our family. Her dad Balakrishnan Thayagarajan was a headmaster (History Major) himself but she was the first woman graduate not only in this... Continue Reading →

Vasantha Kumary, M.A, Economics, Fathima Matha College, Kollam, Kerala, 1973

"My name is M.Vasantha Kumary. I am the 6th member of my family which consists of 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I am the first women in my family to get a degree. I got my degree in the year 1971 for Economics. I studied in Govt. Women's college, Vazhuthacaud Trivandrum, Kerala during 1968-71. I... Continue Reading →

Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro, B.A. St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, 1941

  (Photo taken in 1940) "The First Woman Graduate in My Family My mother, Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro, was the first woman graduate in her family. Born in 1919, she lived in Goa (then a colony of Portugal), where there were no facilities for University education. She was a brilliant student, finishing her SSC with distinction... Continue Reading →

S. Subhalakshmi, M.A. Presidency College, Chennai, 1951

"The first woman graduate in the extended family is my maternal aunt, Subhalakshmi, 84 years old, living in Chennai, who holds a Masters degree in Economics. She passed out of Presidency College, Madras in the year 1951 and was ranked second in the University of Madras. She is currently a writer who writes in English... Continue Reading →

Choodamani Raghavan, B.A, Madras University, 1959

  "I am Choodamani Raghavan and am the first woman graduate from a well known family of Chennai.I graduated in 1959 from Queen Marys College, Madras University in BA Economics . I am the grand daughter of K.S Krishnaswamy Iyengar a famous lawyer and High Court judge and daughter of K.S Vijayaraghavan Chief general manager... Continue Reading →

Susan Vergese, B.A, Ethiraj College, Chennai, 1977

  "I am Susan Vergese, wife of George Vergese. After schooling in Mumbai and thereafter in Chennai, I passed out from Ethiraj College, Chennai in 1977. I did a course at Cultural Academy, Chennai and then got married. I joined my father's business selling X-ray films. After my father's demise, I continued to run "The... Continue Reading →

G.K. Revathi, B.Com, SIET College, Chennai, 1976

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 take sometime in the 1970's when Mrs. Vasanthi Devi was teaching at Ethiraj College. She is being felicitated here by Mrs. Indira Gandhi... 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... Continue Reading →

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... 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 →

S. Rukmani, B.Sc honours graduate, Presidency College, Chennai

"I was born in an orthodox Brahmin family from a village near Kumbakonam. My father was a teacher in the Nizam’s government. So our family of three brothers and three sisters lived with parents in Hyderabad. I studied in a private school. The two elder brothers were married and my elder brother was in the... Continue Reading →

N. Sarojini Devi, BA graduate, NSS College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, 1965

"I am N.Sarojini Devi, Retd Dietician, Government Medical College, Thiruvanathapuram. I was the seventh and the youngest born to my parents Sri K.Narayana Pillai and Smt L.Narayani Amma.I had three sisters and three brothers. My parents belonged to a remote village Thiruvithamcodu in Kerala. Now that is part of KanyaKumari after the formation of Kerala... Continue Reading →

S. Parvathy, M.A. Sociology, 1996; her own and her daughter’s account of her accomplishment

“I am the FIRST POST GRADUATE in my family I am from a very middle class family with my sister and two elder brothers.  Three of them could not clear their XI std, but I am the one who completed my XIth std during 1976-77 in a small village called Thiruthuraipundi, Thanjavur Dist, now Thiruvarur... Continue Reading →

V.G Parvathavarthini, graduate, Madras Law College, 1972

"I wish to state that I am the 1st graduate of our family in the year of 1972. My father studied up to intermediate in Presidency college of Madras. He served and retired as Commercial tax officer. I belong to 1st set of Pre University in DevkunwarNanalal Bhat Vaishnava College Chrompet. I belong to 1st... Continue Reading →

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