Yesterday saw seven young ladies represent the Edinburgh Seven who were deprived of their rightful degrees in the 1870s and accept posthumous ones on their behalf. The story of the fight to open up careers other than marriage and motherhood to women is full of individual examples of courage in the face of astonishing resistance. None more so perhaps than the medical world.
When my sons were small, I took one of them to our GP Practice. Consultation over, I prompted him to thank the doctor, a young woman. She smiled and said, “Sometimes they say at this point, are we going to see the real doctor now?”
I’ve never forgotten and I was therefore delighted to be asked to write the short article pictured above and available in the People’s Friend 6th July edition.
In other writing news, I did write up a wee story about the visiting deer, and it’s off for consideration. Fingers crossed.
I wrote an article on them for the American magazine, the Highlander, which was published in the spring, and the editor also followed up the link about them getting their degrees. Nice to see them getting recognition at last. They must have been a very determined bunch.