Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Anthropological Archives.
November 17, 2016.
"In an era when women couldn’t vote and Native Americans were denied citizenship, Susan La Flesche shattered not just one barrier, but two, to become the first Native American woman doctor in the United States."
Susan La Flesche's dedication to becoming a doctor sparked from when she was eight years old sitting at the bedside of a dying elderly woman. The doctor was summoned four times to the aid of the elderly woman, who never showed up resulting in a painful death for the lady. The message that was sent from the Doctor explained the reason for not showing, one of the lines from the message included "It was only an Indian".
Susan went on to attend the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, "a time when even the most privileged of white women faced severe discrimination." Upon graduating, she went on to help and serve 1,244 patients spread over a territory of 1,350 square miles on her reservation.
For more information,
- Omaha Tribe of Nebraska
- Susan La Flesche
- The Medicine Woman
- Study shows high Indian infant death rate
- Indianz.com, 2012.
- Living on a Reservation
- Changing the face of Medicine | Celebrating America's Women Physicians Online Exhibition
- Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
- U.S. National Library of Medicine.
- The Fight for Women's Suffrage
- History Channel
- Gender roles in the 19th century
- British Library, Discovering Literatire: Romantics and Victorians, Professor Kathryn Hughes.
- Gender Ideology & Separate Spheres in the 19th Century
- Victoria and Albert Museum, Professor Jan Marsh.
- Roles of Women In The Victorian Era
- Victorian Era.org | Victorian Era Information for Kids.