The struggle of women to become doctors began when Elizabeth Blackwell was accepted to the Medical College of Geneva in New York in the 1840’s. At that time, the idea of a woman physician was a scandal, but through a great deal of determination and hard work, women began to carve out a place for themselves in the M.D.’s world.
The Hardin Library has a new exhibit on display in the third floor exhibit area (by the browsing journals). On loan from National Library of Medicine is a wall display on Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician. This display can also be seen online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/blackwell/
Accompanying the wall display is a small exhibit on the history of women in medicine in Iowa. The exhibit will be up until the second week of July.