Skepchick Quickies 1.23

On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the US, received her medical degree. To be admitted to medical school, the dean and faculty let the 150 male students vote, with the stipulation that one negative vote would deny her entry. Fortunately, the students thought it was a prank and they unanimously voted to allow Elizabeth to attend. Make sure you read more about this fascinating woman!


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. I’ve wondered about that button thing for many decades. My thought was that it makes it easier for opposite sexes to undress each other.

  2. Yeesh the button article was poorly written and researched. Leaving aside the fact that no one wore powdered wigs in the Renaissance, might the author have noted that aristocratic women had servants dress them because their wardrobes were so complex it was actually not possible for them to dress themselves? Further, since aristocratic men were also dressed by servants, this makes no sense as a rationale.

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