Debating Gender and the Ideal Practitioner in Late 19th-Century U.S. Medicine: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell vs Surgeon Mary Dixon-Jones
When: Friday, October 17
Where: Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Specializing in women’s history, gender history and the history of medicine, Dr. Regina Morantz-Sanchez was a pioneer in the development of women’s history in the United States. Since receiving her doctorate in 1971, she has been teaching, researching, and publishing in the field.
Dr. Morantz-Sanchez will examine the history of women’s contributions to American health care in the 19th and early 20thcenturies, focusing specifically on the ideas of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree. Blackwell, like many female physicians of her time, argued that women were inherently more nurturing than men, and thus had a special role to play in health care and health care advocacy for underprivileged women and children.This powerful argument helped women enter the medical field, but not all early physicians agreed with these ideas. Dr.Morantz-Sanchez explores the ideological tensions between these women and their influence on medicine.
Special thanks to the University of Cincinnati's Department of History for their support.
Semi-Colon Club: The Harriet Beecher Stowe House Book Club
During their time in Cincinnati, Harriet Beecher Stowe and her husband, Calvin Stowe, enjoyed sharing ideas and writing pieces for Cincinnati's Semi-Colon Club. Continue in this tradition by joining the Harriet Beecher Stowe House Book Club. All meetings take place at the house at 11 a.m.
Upcoming Books and Dates:
October 25, 2014
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
January 25, 2015
Crusader in Crinoline by Forrest Wilson
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