Women In Science: Elizabeth Blackwell 

In honor of the Women In Science History Event, hosted by Doing Dewey, I have also picked up Women In Science- 50 fearless pioneers who changed the world by Rachel Ignotofsky.

  I will be reading this along with The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown during the month of March. This book, which is geared towards younger readers, gives a high level overview of several female scientists throughout history and their various contributions. Its a fun book, visually appealing, but its also incredibly  educational. I’m sad to say that I have not heard of most these women, but it’s inspiring to read their stories and learn more about them. I will post more about my thoughts on this book at the end of the month, but, for now, I would like to highlight at least one notable female scientist each week that I have learned about from this book. I will post these each week with the weekly link up over at Doing Dewey-so be sure to hop over to her blog to read any weekly updates. This week, I would like to share more about Elizabeth Blackwell.

  Here are a few facts that I learned about her from this book:

  • She decided to become a doctor after a friend of hers died from  cancer-probably uterine cancer 
  • She became the first female medical doctor in the US
  • Her sister, Emily, was also a doctor 
  • In 1857, Elizabeth opened the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children with her sister, Emily, and another inspiring female doctor: Marie Zakrzewska 
  • There, the poor were treated and female students received medical training 
  • She also urged hospitals to practice better hygiene 
  • In fact, her thesis was about how hygiene could stop the spread of typhus
  • She helped other women to pursue a career in medicine 

What an inspiration! She worked hard to achieve her goal which allowed her to provide medical care to the poor and needy and, along the way, she blazed a trail for women who wanted to pursue a career in medicine.

      I have learned that there are actually many women of science in history, we just don’t know that much about them. They made sacrifices and persevered because of their love of learning and passion for their subject matter. Their stories are inspiring and their contributions and  discoveries  are still being used today. March is Women’s History Month, read on and enjoy learning more about Women In Science!