Women’s Power | Women’s Justice


On this Theme Thursday, we focus on Pioneer Work in Opening Medicine Women, which focuses on women in medicine and shines the spotlight on their accomplishments, specifically Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman doctor.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman ever educated in an American medical school. This is a story of success by perseverance and personal sacrifice. She has no funding: she goes on. She has no mentors: she goes alone. She has no money for a cab: she walks. She
wears out her shoes and avoids places where she can’t look shabby. She loses an eye, and gives up her dream of being a surgeon, embracing general medicine instead. She endures insults, humiliation, and profound loneliness. But she believes she is making a future possible for American women doctors, so nothing, nothing stands in her way for long. And I thought medical school was hard! The old farts who harassed us women med students in the 1980’s could only dream of tormenting us like 19th century gentlemen tormented her. I would love to be able to thank her, both for making life better for women, and for her beautifully written and amazingly upbeat book about breaking the bonds. ” from Amazon.

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