SHE-LOGY: Female Medical Students in the 19th Century. Unheard of? Until the photo below…
It is probably familiar to you. It made the rounds on social media last year. And I thought of sharing it here, a story made for SHE-LOGY post, eh?
The 3 women attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
“In 1885, women in the U.S. still couldn’t vote, nor were they encouraged to learn very much. Popular wisdom decreed that studying was a threat to motherhood. Women who went to college, wrote the Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke in 1873, risked “neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system,” such as infertility. “Because,” went Clarke’s reasoning, in a classic bit of mansplaining titled “Sex In Education,” a woman’s “system never does two things well at the same time.””
For the full story, read “Meet The Three Female Medical Students Who Destroyed Gender Norms A Century Ago“, Huffington Post. The photo along with another set of photos and women were originally posted in this blog.
What I find most interesting about it is that they were all foreigners. They traveled all the way to the U.S. to attend medical school. They were expats! And in that century, it was probably so much harder than it is now. Imagine the journey alone. Then the homesickness, and the challenges of being in a foreign land. And on top of that, they have to study medicine, and in English? These women definitely have to be smart, strong, and resilient.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.