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Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture: “Sister Doctors: Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell” Janice P. Nimura
October 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Janice P. Nimura will speak on her dual biography of the groundbreaking sister doctors, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive a medical degree, in 1849. Emily Blackwell, eternally eclipsed, was the third, in 1854. Together, they founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women & Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary; they were also judgmental, uncompromising, and occasionally misogynistic. Nimura will discuss the challenges of reintroducing these often forgotten figures, reframing their story as two pioneers instead of one, and resisting hagiography. Her book on the Blackwells is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2021.
Co-Sponsored with the Leon Levy Center for Biography, the CUNY Graduate Center PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program Liberal Studies, the Center for the Humanities, and the Feminist Press.