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Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone

Published February 19th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Plot Description: Previous to the 1830s, women were not allowed to be doctors.  They were expected to be daughters, wives, maybe teachers or seamstresses, but never doctors.  That is, until one woman chose to challenge that idea.  Elizabeth Blackwell, originally of Bristol, England, at the bequest of her friend, decided that she would become a doctor.  Accepted into Geneva Medical School in upstate New York, Elizabeth graduated at the top of her class and later, along with her sister who also became a doctor, opened their own hospital for women, paving the way for all female doctors of the future.

Quantitative Reading Level: 4.1

Qualitative Reading Analysis: Slightly Complex.  The story is pretty straightforward and uses a linear progression to explain how Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor. Used a few larger, more complex words, but these would be easy to decipher using context clues.

Content Area: History/Social Science, Health

CC Content Area Standard: HSS 2.1, HSS 2.5, H K-3.1.P

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Other Fun Resources:

  • Awards
    • BooklistTop 10 Books for Youth 2013
    • Biographies; NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2014
    • Booklist2013 Top 10 Books for Youth, Science & Health
    • 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book
    • 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List, Early Readers Nonfiction

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