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Pioneers in the Face of Adversity: "The Mob of '69"

Anna Broomall was founder of maternity service at Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP). She graduated from WMC in 1871. Dr. Broomall also started a clinic in Philadelphia, where she provided obstetrical care.

In a 1926 article, Dr. Broomall recalls the events of November 6, 1869 when she was one of a group of female medical students who attended a clinical lecture at Pennsylvania Hospital and were met with harassment and “jeering” by the hundreds of male medical students in attendance. Broomall recounts this event as an illustration of the obstacles that the women of her generation faced in pursuit of their medical education and careers, and expresses pride that they persevered.

Item Number: p0121

Pages: 1

Size: 10.1X12.6

Physical Collection: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania: Photograph Collection. 1850-present. (ACC-AHC1), ACC-AHC1

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Cite this source: Title of document, date. Pioneers in the Face of Adversity: The Mob of ‘69. 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.

Broomall, Anna E.


Women physicians--Pennsylvania

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania-- History

Philadelphia (Pa.)