Lecture notes of Sarah Hibbbard, also includes a possible thesis draft. Beginning on page 31, Hibbard references the Jeering Episode of 1869, when a small group of students from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania went to the Pennsylvania Hospital amphitheater to attend a clinical lecture. Their attendance drew a strong response from the hundreds of male students in attendance, including jeering, and created a controversial debate about women's presence in clinical lectures. The Jeering Episode and ensuing debate were widely covered in regional newspapers.
Why It Matters
Sarah Hibbard, an 1870 graduate of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP), was one of the women medical students who attended a clinical lecture at Pennsylvania Hospital in November 1869 and was met with harassment and “jeering” by the hundreds of male medical students also in attendance. She writes about how the incident, and the public response to it, had a lasting, and perhaps unintended effect -- it made the women even more determined to pursue their studies, and caused the public to be sympathetic and supportive of the women's right to do so.
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Analyze this evidence
- What did Hibbard mean when she wrote "their loss was our gain"?
- How would you characterize Hibbard's feelings towards the harassing students?