Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?

Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books | 2013 | Ages 4 and up
Illustrated By: Marjorie Priceman


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

"I'll bet you've met plenty of doctors in your life. And I'll bet lots of them were women. Well, you might find this hard to believe, but there once was a time when girls weren't allowed to be doctors."

This is the true story of the first woman doctor in America, Elizabeth Blackwell. She was determined to get into medical school at a time when NO women were allowed entry. See how her perseverance paid off!

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Parents Magazine Best Nonfiction Picture Book of 2013

NPR Best Books of 2013

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2014

National Science Teacher's Association & Children's Book Council: 2014 Outstanding Science Trade Book for K-12

Vermont Red Clover Book

NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Title

Amelia Bloomer Project Award Book

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List

Featured on NPR's Morning Edition

State Award Lists: Utah, Maine, Vermont

Dr. Eliza Chin, Executive Director, American Women's Medical Association: "This book is a masterpiece."

New York Times: "sharp, witty"

Booklist (starred): "short and snappy, easy to read yet full of information"

Publishers Weekly: "smart and lively"

Horn Book: "refreshing...artful" 

Kirkus: "A bracing, vivacious account of a pioneering woman."

Full quote from Eliza Chin, MD, MPH, Executive Director, AMWA:

"Gifted storyteller, Tanya Lee Stone brings this story to life for children, capturing the grit, perseverance and triumph of the young Elizabeth. More than anything, this book helps break down gender stereotypes and encourages young girls not to be limited by societal expectations....

This book is a masterpiece -- a delightful read for adults and children alike and perfectly complemented by the whimsical drawings of Marjorie Priceman.  No doubt, many a young reader will be inspired to pursue a career in medicine.  Blackwell herself would have been proud."