Gender, Race and Science

Humans are creatures of intimidation, resulting in retaliation and proving what is right. With the belief in the 18th century that any non-white uneducated male—women, minorities, low-income, are inferior in the fields of science only pose a challenge: how can that be proven wrong? When large groups of people are considered miniscule in comparison to a person of equivalent status minus a few details, like race or gender, brings the retaliation out of the woodwork. This allows the roles of women and minorities to become prevalent in the scientific method. Looking back at the 19th century can prove that, as you see many female and other minority groups becoming scientists, achieving amazing discoveries, and establishing the future of evolution for similar scientists to prevail. The rise of the women’s college throughout the United States provided jobs and opportunities for education in science, allowing women to evolve their mindsets in science. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first certified female doctor graduated from Geneva Medical College in 1849 among a sea of distinguished male classmates. Blackwell and her sisters Emily Blackwell and Maria Zakrewska later found the New York Infirmary for Women and Children a mere eight years later, and the first Women’s Medical College in 1868, which gave training and clinical experience for female doctors.  
    It’s safe to say that even though the men of the 18th century had inferior views of women and people of color. That being said, as we look into the 19th century, more and more women and minorities stood up and took their rights, making a foothold in many fields of science. 

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