A speech given by Mary Bruins Allison to her church in September of 1934 about her desire to go to Arabia as a medical missionary and the reasons she feels Arabia needs missionaries to help its people.
Why It Matters
Allison knew she wanted to be a medical missionary and was inspired by others like Dr. Ida Scudder, who went to India as a medical missionary in 1900. In her speech, Allison lists the reasons she feels doctors – especially women doctors – are needed abroad. She needed to persuade her congregation to support her mission.
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Analyze this evidence
- Why does Allison believe it’s especially important for women doctors to work as medical missionaries in the Middle East?
- Why does Allison believe people in Arabia (or the Middle East in general) need medical missionaries?
- Allison calls some traditional Middle Eastern medical and cultural practices "ignorant" and "barbarous." Why does she use such harsh words that we would not use today to describe other cultures? Do you think it's because of her own racist and colonial attitudes, or is it to strengthen her case about why women doctors are need in that part of the world? Could it be both of these reasons?