The first female physician in the United States was Elizabeth Blackwell in 1849. According to Forbes.com, Blackwell was originally allowed to attend medical school as a joke. Blackwell turned the joke on them as she pioneered the way for many female physicians in the coming decades. Blackwell is now celebrated every February 3rd (Blackwell’s birthday) since 2016.
National Women’s Physician Day is a day to not only remember Blackwell and the work she did for female practitioners, but to celebrate current female doctors and bring awareness to the 8% gender wage gap that exists in the medical field.
Interested in finding out how to celebrate National Women’s Physicians Day if you aren’t in the medical field?
Take to social media. Thank your female doctors with a handwritten note. Let them know how vital their perspective is in the medical field and how much we need them.
Note: Picture was attained from britannica.com.