Many of the women who have left a good impression on the world have done so while faced with adversity. In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell took a giant step for women by becoming the first women to earn a medical degree in the United States ("
During the Middle Ages, women, who were thought of as a "piece of property" (Beumer 1 http://info-center.ccit.arizona.edu), were able to overcome stereotypes to make medical advances. For example Trotula Plataerius was the leading Italian physician in obstetrics, gynecology, dermatology, and epilepsy (Mahaffey 2 http://www. hsu.edu/faculty/). Most of the doctors of this time were men, so there was not much work done in women's health. Therefore, Trotula's work had a great influence and was greatly appreciated by many men.
Due to the influence and greatness of her work, many scholars think that Trotula "could not possibly have been a woman" (2). Women did so much and did not receive any credit. These women deserved respect and admiration, but were instead criticized on their gender. Moreover, Trotula Plataerius is a prime example of a woman who overcame being thought of as property to become a world-class doctor.
While many years passed from the Middle Ages to the Victorian period, women were still overcoming obstacles to make great strides in medicine. For instance, Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in nursing and hospital reform. Florence's achievements were unusual because "most Victorian women of her age group did not attend universities or pursue professional careers" (Audain 1 http://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle). In today's society it is very common to see women leading the way...