In the 19th century, there were few women in the medical field in South America, but two Puerto Rican women were considered the first female doctors there. In 1909, Dr. Ana Janer and Maria Elisa Rivera Diaz were the first females to attend medical school in the country. Both women attended the Women’s Medical College of Baltimore and went on to establish successful medical practices. While women have been practicing medicine for centuries in South America, it was not until the 19th century that women were officially allowed to practice.
Blackwell went to medical school in the United States. She was rejected by her adviser because she was a woman and wanted a family. After graduating, she moved to Paris and studied medicine privately with a doctor who had recommended it. Blackwell later returned to the U.S. and worked at a maternity hospital in Paris. After two years, she contracted an eye infection that left her partially blind. She ultimately had to undergo surgery to remove her left eye.
The fight for women in medicine is far from over. Blackwell was the first woman in the Americas to graduate from medical school and to practice medicine. She became an advocate for equal rights for women in medicine, helping establish a hospital for women. Though her achievements aren’t enough to ensure a woman’s equal rights in the field, her work has paved the way for women in medicine.
After graduating from medical school, Blackwell returned to the United States where she focused on improving the health care for women. She organized classes on sexual physiology, which she published as “The Laws of Life in Reference to the Physical Education of Girls.” Blackwell, who became the first woman listed on the British medical register, took an interest in social reform movements and organized a clinic for women and children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Blackwell’s work in England included education on hygienic practices. She was an influential force in the formation of the National Health Society in 1871. Her extensive travels throughout Europe led her to become involved in many social reform movements, and she also helped to establish two utopian communities in the 1880s.
In Latin America, women were not able to enter the field of medicine until the 19th century. Nevertheless, women did enter the medical world before this time. Despite the many challenges she faced, she achieved success. She was the first female to receive a medical degree in her country. She later founded several medical schools throughout the continent.
Blackwell was a strong advocate for women in medicine. She spent much of her time campaigning for women’s rights and created medical schools for women. Though she was attacked for her actions, her courage and determination made her a role model for women in the field of medicine.
The medical profession was not always open to women, and Dr. Crumpler had to deal with extreme sexism and racism. In spite of this, she was able to continue her career in spite of the sexism and racism she faced. She was a strong advocate of health care for black people and helped them get medical care.
Crumpler was born in Delaware in 1831 and was raised by her aunt in Pennsylvania. During her childhood, she volunteered to help care for her black neighbors. In her early 20s, she worked as a medical assistant for several doctors. These doctors saw her talent and helped her gain admission to New England Female Medical College.
Crumpler became a doctor in Boston in 1869. Her home is now a stop on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. She also published a book called A Book of Medical Discourses, the first medical text written by an African American woman. It covers various topics, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, and common illnesses in the first five years of life.
Rebecca Crumpler graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1864. She was the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S. She then married Dr. Arthur Crumpler, who was a former fugitive slave from Virginia. She and Arthur had one child together.
After the Civil War, Crumpler moved her practice to Virginia, where she was able to treat freed slaves. As an African-American woman, Crumpler faced sexism and racism, but she persevered and found her calling as a doctor. She provided medical care for children and poor women.
In the year 1989, the Rebecca Lee Society was founded to honor Crumpler’s contributions to medicine. As a member of the society, Crumpler’s image is on the Rebecca Lee Society’s logo. Her image is also featured on a medal produced in the 1980s, which was produced as part of Sun Oil Company’s involvement in the Charles Drew Award. Today, Crumpler’s former home in Boston is a stop on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.
After her return to Boston in the late 1860s, Dr. Crumpler continued her medical practice, treating patients on Joy Street, a mostly Black neighborhood, regardless of their ability to pay. Her legacy lives on in the form of a scholarship fund at Boston University School of Medicine. This scholarship fund awards scholarships to deserving female medical students.
Dr. Jane Elizabeth Waterston
In 1868, a Scottish teacher named Jane Waterston was hired as the first superintendent of the new girls’ section of Lovedale Missionary Institute in South Africa. Waterston arrived in South Africa in January 1867. The Lovedale Girls’ Institution opened on 23 August 1868. As a result, Waterston became the first female physician in southern Africa.
Waterston worked with the poor in South Africa, where she founded the Ladies Branch of the Free Dispensary. She also trained midwives and helped mothers in need. She also served on a six-member committee in Bloemfontein that investigated conditions in concentration camps.
Waterston’s work with women in South America did not stop there. Other women in the region became doctors after the 19th century. In 1887, Eloisa Diaz became the first female in Chile to receive a medical license. She worked as a School Medic Supervisor for over 30 years. As a result of the influence of Western medicine, more African women became doctors. More than 160 medical schools in the continent were founded by women.
Dr. Jane Elizabeth Waterston was the first female to receive a medical degree in the United States. In 1847, her father was a physician. She battled for admission to the University of Halle, earning a medical degree and inspiring other women to pursue an education.
The medical profession in Cape Town was organized in a more efficient way in the early nineteenth century. As numbers grew, they needed to stay updated on the latest discoveries. As a result, the first journal was started. By the end of the century, the Cape medical profession was organized enough to fund the publication of a regular journal. In addition, the growth of urban areas influenced the nature and number of medical problems. However, the quality of colonial health care remained low, while the standard of care in Europe improved dramatically. Meanwhile, germ theory changed the foundations of medicine.
Dr. Mary de Sousa
When Katerina de Sousa was born on July 19, 1993, she had no medical problems at birth. But when she was two days old, Nicola de Sousa noticed a bruise-like mark on her baby’s arm. It looked like someone had accidentally hit the baby. And the mark seemed to be getting bigger. Nicola also noticed similar marks on her daughter’s scalp and chest. Also, her belly was swollen.