Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder was the daughter of missionaries in India. When she witnessed three Indian women die in childbirth one night, she vowed to get her medical degree and improve medical care for Indian women. She founded the Christian Medical College and Hospital near Madras. She later established a school to provide medical training for Indian women. Scudder spent her life in India improve the spiritual and medical welfare of women who were overlooked in their society and religion.