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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell By Tanya Lee Stone

Monday, December 17, 2012

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

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.

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Do you know some little girls who are fascinated by anatomy and like to
bandage you up?  This colorfully illustrated book will inspire them.  I
had never heard of Elizabeth Blackwell, but I’m so glad that I have now.
Young Elizabeth seems indomitable and curious.  Adult Elizabeth has to
consider her choice carefully; the disdain and horror at her attempts to
go through medical school are obvious in the sketched faces of everyone
around her.  How horrible to hear the real reason that Geneva Medical
School accepted her as a student!  What a triumph that Elizabeth worked so
hard to succeed.
Girls today may be shocked at Elizabeth’s struggles to go to medical
school and to start a practice.  All little girls today have seen women
doctors....thanks to people like Elizabeth Blackwell, a person they should
read about.

Five Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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