Sarah Berry, assistant professor of English, will lead a discussion on Elizabeth Blackwell’s autobiography titled “Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women” at the Seneca Falls Library on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
In 1849, Blackwell became the first woman to receive an M.D. from an American medical school (Geneva Medical College). “Pioneer Work” is her story of success through perseverance and personal sacrifice. During the course of her studies and professional life, she endures insults, humiliation and profound loneliness without the benefit of money, mentors or friends. She believes she is making a future possible for American women doctors, and so lets nothing stand in her way. Dr. Blackwell was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973.
The library will have several copies of the book available for check out. Berry’s talk is sponsored in part by the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Berry joined the Colleges in 2008, after earning her Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where she also earned her M.A. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University. She previously served as an instructor at Syracuse University. Her most recent publications are “Students in the Archives: A Short Report on a Significant Learning Experience,” published in Currents in Teaching and Learning 3:2 (Spring 2011), and “Back to the Archives, Toward a Rereading of Hannah Cullwick through Her Autobiography ‘Hannah’s Places’ (1872),” which appeared in Lifewriting Annual 2 (2008). She has a forthcoming essay in the Journal of Medical Humanities titled “‘[No] doctor but my master’: Health Reform and Antislavery Rhetoric in Harriet Jacobs’s _Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl_.”