A newspaper clipping about the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1854.
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Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, founded in 1850, was the first degree-granting medical school exclusively for women. It attracted national attention, both in support of and against women formally training and practicing of medicine. Supporters felt that women were, by their caring natures, more suited to treating women and children than men were, and believed that it was more appropriate for women to be treated by female doctors. Those against women doctors felt that it was inappropriate for women to study anatomy alongside men and have a career other than being a housewife and mother. Newspapers all over the country printed news of the Female Medical College and the women doctors it produced, and continued doing so for years after the founding in 1850.
Because the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania was the first degree-granting medical school exclusively for women, it attracted national attention. Many newspapers all over the country printed news about the women doctors because they were so rare. Four years after the founding of Female Medical College, the opinions published in newspapers still varied greatly, from admiration to mockery, even in places as far away as the Midwestern states, such as Michigan.
Creator: Bodley, Rachel L., 1831-1888
Contributor: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania
Item Number: a133_065_037
Physical Collection: Clipping scrapbook no. 1, ACC-133
Finding Aid: http://archives.drexelmed.edu/collect/inventories/a133_inventory.pdf
Cite this source: Title of document, date. The First Female Medical College: Will you accept or reject them?. Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections. Philadelphia, PA. Date of access. doctordoctress.org/islandora/object/islandora:1496
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