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Daring Women Doctors: Physicians In The 19th Century

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Dr. Mary Walker photographed by C. M. Bell, 1873 and ca. 1916. Walker is the ...

Credit: C.M. Bell / Public domain

Above: Dr. Mary Walker photographed by C. M. Bell, 1873 and ca. 1916. Walker is the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.

At this crucial time when women physicians and nurses are contributing significantly to our community’s health, this documentary provides a look at the challenging and illuminating history of 19th century women doctors.

Hidden in American history, all women's medical schools began to appear in the mid 19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property. "Daring Women Doctors" highlights the intrepid, pioneering and diverse women who faced hostility and resistance in their pursuit of medical educations.

This documentary examines how these women physicians greatly impacted their communities around the United States and internationally. It also demonstrates how women doctors exerted a long-lasting influence on the movement towards women's rights.

Daring Women Doctors: Physicians In The 19th Century

Hidden in American history, all women’s medical schools began to appear in the mid 19th century long before women had the right to vote or own property. “Daring Women Doctors” highlights the intrepid, pioneering and diverse women who faced hostility and resistance in their pursuit of medical educations.

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