Also on these boards
Elizabeth Blackwell said she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared much embarrassment if her physician had been a woman. She became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register
Though today we'd scarcely bat an eye at the image of a pregnant celebrity, during the Victorian era it was rather uncommon for a women (be she famous or not) to be photographed (as stage actress Lilly Langtry was here) when she was in the "family way".
* Medicine Crow: As a youth of fifteen, Medicine Crow went on his first war party. In the next nineteen years, he led a vigorous and often dangerous life of a Plains Indian warrior. For twelve of those years he was a war chief noted for his agility in hand-to-hand combat, courage, and dependability in bringing his men back home not only safely but victorious ~ Artist by: steeelll *
Dr. Frances Dick, 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW, Sydney, c.1892. photograph by J. Hubert Newman. Dr Frances Dick graduated from London School of Medicine for Women & the University of Ireland. Her qualifications included: LSA (Lond) 1891 & MB Bac Surg, Royal University of Ireland 1891. She was the 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW preceding Dr M A Corliss by a few months. She was registered on 13 January, 1892. State Lib of NSW
Papers-etc Betsy Thunder, HoChunk medicine woman, Wisconsin, 1913. From a wonderful book Women's Wisconsin, which talks about female farmers, chiefs, medicine women, etc. In the 1700s the primary chief was a woman, Hopoekaw, who guided the HoChunk through the French colonization of Wisconsin and the later American intrusion. American souces describe her as a "queen" or as a "distinguished" woman, "very ancient," and "invested with the supreme authority." Suppressed Histories Archives