Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Book - 2013
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In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors.

But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren't smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally--when she graduated from medical school and went on to have a brilliant career--proved her detractors wrong. This inspiring story of the first female doctor shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come.
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone is an NPR Best Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt and Co., c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805090482
Branch Call Number: J 610. 92 BLA S
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill., port.
Additional Contributors: Priceman, Marjorie - Illustrator

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forbesrachel Mar 26, 2015

At one time the thought of a female doctor was ridiculed, now it is not, this is the tale of one of those pioneering women that took the first step. Elizabeth Blackwell was considered an eccentric girl for the 1800's, she was curious, bold, and unafraid to tussle with the boys. When she decided to become a doctor many laughed. She sent out letter after letter, persevering after each rejection until a college in New York accepted her. Even there she was persecuted for being a woman, but she overcame these obstacles too; she not only graduated, but she had the highest marks in the class! The narrative ends on the triumphant note of her becoming America's first female doctor, then continues to give more information in the author's note in the back. While becoming a doctor was in itself an important accomplishment, her contributions go yet further. Aside from treating and teaching many, she opened the way for more women by creating medical schools for women. Vibrant brush strokes paint this story with both elegance and boldness. No one could stop this women, and no one should be able to step them now. Inspiring and educational.

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IrishMoon
Jan 11, 2014

A GREAT biography about America's 1st female doctor, written for children!

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Jan 11, 2014

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