Lucretia Mott to Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of fragment of letter with signature. Signs herself 'Lucretia Mott. Thine for woman's elevation'.

Administrative / Biographical History

[no address] [Apr 1875]

Women's admission to Medical Schools in USA. In 1860 none of the schools recognised by the American Medical Association admitted women students (though a few had earlier) but by 1870 3 'regular' medical colleges for women were in operation, and the University of Michigan's medical had also opened its doors. Since the established hospitals likewise refused to admit women as students, interns or staff members, women physicians in the major cities founded free dispensaries and developed them into hospitals ...' (Notable American Women 1607-1950 Introduction)

The Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania trained most of the early missionary doctors, the first of whom, Clara Swain, went to India in 1869

Biog: Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880) American women's rights' campaigner