Elizabeth Blackwell: A Doctor's Triumph
Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.
I understand now why this life has never been lived before. It is hard with no support but a high purpose, to live against every species of social opposition.
Elizabeth Blackwell's story is indeed a story of triumph, and, for twentieth century women who take for granted both the medical services system and the fact that a woman can be whatever she wants to be, it is a reminder of whence they have come.
Middle-class nineteenth century women stayed at home where they supposedly belonged. However unsanitary, the practice of medicine was an inviolable men's club. No nice young lady would even contemplate looking under skirts at disgusting body parts.
Nancy Kline has written an engaging, touching story of Blackwell's struggle against hardship and discrimination. With Elizabeth's view that the future of women in medicine and the future of society were inexorably one, endure she must.
Blackwell's legacy as the first North American woman physician and a crusader for public health and prevention deserves to be known.
Grace Shaw is an instructor at Vancouver Community College.
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