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From Farmer’s Daughter to Physician (Boston, MA)

April 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Dr. Mary Bennett RitterThe Archives for Women in Medicine presents:
From Farmer’s Daughter to Physician:
The Advocacy, Activism, and Legacy of Dr. Mary Bennett Ritter and her Contemporaries

Dr. Gesa Kirsch: Professor of English at Bentley University

Dr. Gesa Kirsch will discuss Dr. Mary Bennett Ritter, an early 20th-century woman physician, her cohort of Western women physicians, and the role of the Woman’s Medical Journal in creating and sustaining a large professional network of early women physicians. This lecture will speak directly to Dr. Ritter’s life and leadership and why this story is worthy of restoring to medical and women’s history.

Gesa E. Kirsch is Professor of English at Bentley University. Her work in women’s studies and rhetorical studies is extensive; she has authored and coauthored three books and edited five others. In March 2017, she published a new edition of More Than Gold in California, the memoir of Dr. Mary Bennett Ritter, an early California physician, civic leader, and women’s rights’ activist (Globe Pequot Press 2017). Her current research explores the rhetorical strategies, professional networks, and social activism of a group of late nineteenth-century women physicians.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
(Reception at 5:00pm)

Minot Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street
Boston MA 02115

Free and open to the public.

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April 25, 2017
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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Countway Library of Medicine
10 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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