Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell written by Tanya Lee Stone and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman.
Imagine a time when a woman wasn’t allowed to become a doctor. This picture book biography tells the story of the first woman in America to succeed in breaking the barriers against women in the medical field.
The story includes examples from Elizabeth’s childhood which show how tenacious she could be. She wasn’t particularly drawn to medicine until a sick friend suggested she would rather have a female doctor and encouraged Elizabeth to be the first.
Even after Elizabeth succeeded in getting accepted to medical school (after many rejections) and graduated with the highest grades in her class, it wasn’t easy for her to find a place to practice medicine.
The colorful and lively illustrations help bring the story to life for a younger audience. An author’s note at the end of the story includes additional facts about Elizabeth Blackwell.
Recommended for grades K-2.
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