Women in Medicine

From the midwives of ancient times to recent Nobel Prize winners, women have always had a role in the advancement of medicine - Joan Steitz PhD

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A Brief History of Women in Medicine

For women physicians, our pioneering hero was perhaps the most impressive first of all firsts, Elizabeth Blackwell. She was not only the first woman admitted to medical school, she graduated at the very top of her class (despite discrimination, exclusion from certain lectures deemed “inappropriate” for ladies, and blatant and generally accepted misogyny). She was supremely influential in paving the way for others, including her sister Emily. When most medical schools refused to open their doors to women, she founded her own schools specifically for women. She not only educated women, she remained true to her friend and provided health care to women and children, often indigent, by establishing…

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