Sophia Jex-Blake: A Woman Pioneer in Nineteenth Century Medical Reform

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Routledge, Sep 27, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Sophia Jex-Blake led the campaign that won for British women the right to enter the medical profession. Before taking up this cause she had studied women's education in England, Germany and the United states, and rejected the popular contemporary view that higher education would be wasted on women. Her medical crusade in Britain resulted in women's rights to professional careers and financial independence being more widely accepted.
After years of extensive lobbying, she founded the London School of Medicine for Women in 1874 and two years later, largely due to her efforts, legislation was passed enabling women to take qualifying examinations in medicine. Shirley Roberts shows Sophia Jex-Blake to have been a determined and resourceful pioneer, skilful in winning over both public and political opinion. But she was also an impetuous and at times tactless woman, who could provoke hostility, as well as loyalty. Sophia Jex-Blake is a fascinating account of one woman's struggle for equality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Childhood in Sussex
5
2 The student in London
18
3 The student abroad
31
4 A change of direction
43
5 The Edinburgh campaign begins
71
6 A disputed prize and a students riot
82
7 The battle moves to the law courts
95
8 The end of the Edinburgh campaign
113
9 The time for a reform has come
125
10 The years in practice
147
11 The return to Sussex
171
Bibliography
175
Index
178
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