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Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

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In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors.

But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren't smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally—when she graduated from medical school and went on to have a brilliant career—proved her detractors wrong. This inspiring story of the first female doctor shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors to come.

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone is an NPR Best Book of 2013

This title has common core connections.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 04, 2013 –  You might find this hard to believe, but there once was a time when girls weren t allowed to become doctors, opens this smart and lively biography of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America. Stone develops Blackwell s personality through childhood anecdotes as a child Blackwell once slept on a hard floor just to toughen herself up before detailing her career path. Priceman s typically graceful lines and bright gouache paintings make no bones about who s on the wrong side of history: those who object to Blackwell s achievements are portrayed as hawkish ladies and comically perturbed twerps in tailcoats. Ages 5 up. Author s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio.


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Beautiful drawings and good writing! My kids love it

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My class of 2nd graders loved this book! They though it was very interesting to learn about the first female doctor. They loved the illustrations too!

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?
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  • $2.99
  • Level: Grades K-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biography
  • Published: Feb 19, 2013
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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