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