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The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

National Archives Museum

Friday, March 5, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

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In the mid-19th century, it was an unheard of notion for a woman to study medicine, but in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined by her younger sister, Emily, and together, the Blackwells founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. In The Doctors Blackwell, Janice P. Nimura presents the story of these pioneering sisters and how they exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine.


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