From this link and suggested by librarian Sam Kome:
Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi was born on July 30, 1886 in Madras, India. Dr. Reddi was a tireless advocate for women’s rights in India. She was British India’s first woman legislator, and the first woman to serve as Deputy President of the Legislative Council. Dr. Reddi was also the first woman to serve as House Surgeon at the Government Maternity and Ophthalmic Hospital. In 1956, Dr. Reddi won the Padma Bhushan, the India’s third-highest civilian honor.
Muthulakshmi Reddi died in 1968 at the age of 81.