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
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About the Author
Tanya Lee Stone loves to write about women pushing boundaries where no woman has before, in books like Elizabeth Leads the Way, Almost Astronauts, and now Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? Her work has received such accolades as the ALA Robert F. Sibert Award, SCBWI Golden Kite Award, Bank Street's Flora Steiglitz Straus Award, and the Jane Addams Children's Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book, and NCTE Orbis Pictus honors.
Marjorie Priceman has twice received Caldecott Honors, one for her illustrations in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and one for Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride, which she both wrote and illustrated. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Tanya Lee Stone has written several books for young readers, including the young adult novel A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl. She lives with her family in Vermont.
Marjorie Priceman has twice received Caldecott Honors, one for her illustrations in Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! and one for Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride. She is the illustrator of Who Said Women Can't Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Reading Group Guide
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Written by Tanya Lee Stone
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
Christy Ottaviano Books,
Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of
Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
For ages 5 to 8
Today, more than 50 percent of doctors in America are women. But that was not always the case. In Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?, author Tanya Lee Stone takes readers back to a time in the 1840s when women were mostly expected to be wives and mothers. Career options were few. There were certainly no female doctors. In this book, Stone tells the story of a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell who refused to accept these common beliefs and would not take no for an answer. This inspiring story of the first female doctor in America shows how one strong-willed woman opened the doors for all the female doctors who followed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful story about equality and fighting for your dreams. I almost cried when my 8 year old son immediately pointed out the absurdity of a woman being told she couldn't be a doctor based on her gender. We stumbled upon this in the new arrivals section of our library and I am planning on purchasing one as a gift. As a girl, I never knew a female physician, but went on to attend a medical school that used to be a "female medical college." Thank you Elizabeth Blackwell for overcoming barriers 150 years before my time and Tanya Lee Stone for helping that amazing story live on.