Women Physicians Day is a day that celebrates the strides made by women in the medical community. This holiday brings out the discussion of discrepancies of wage and inequality among women physicians in the workplace versus their male counterparts, the pioneer who started it all in the U.S. medical community, and a few stories of celebrated female physicians.
Background of Women Physicians Day
On average, statistics show that there is an 18 percent wage gap annually between female and male physicians. Also, a study by the “Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)” found “female doctors were simply superior at treating patients in the studied age group than their male counterparts were, even after every practitioner or patient factor was considered, and that if male doctors could somehow take a leaf out of their female peers' medical book, upwards of 32,000 deaths could be avoided each year among Medicaid recipients alone”.
1857- she opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children with her sister Dr. Emily Blackwell and colleague Dr. Marie Zakrzewska. Its mission included providing positions for women physicians. During the Civil War, the Blackwell sisters trained nurses for Union hospitals.
1868- Blackwell opened a medical college in New York City.
1875- Blackwell returned permanently to London, where she became a professor of gynecology at the new London School of Medicine for Women.
1895- She also helped found the National Health Society and published several books, including an autobiography, Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women.