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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2016 12:14 p.m. PST

… A Volunteer Surgeon In The Civil War.

"Mary Edwards Walker was born into a society where strict gender roles controlled the lives of women. Thankfully, due to the unusual outlook of her progressive parents, she grew up to be an example of what women could achieve.

She was born in 1832 in the Town of Oswego, New York State. Mary was the youngest of seven children. Her parents were determined their son and six daughters were given equal opportunities. Dissatisfied with the standard approach in schools, they founded their own local school to ensure girls would receive the same education as boys. She was also encouraged to wear the more practical boys' clothes instead of the constricting clothes designed for women at the time. This became a habit that lasted her whole life.

Mary's ambition was to become a doctor at a time when few women followed that path. Mary applied to Syracuse Medical College, one of the few faculties that allowed women to study alongside men. Despite the University's commitment to gender equality, when Mary graduated in 1855, she was the only woman in her class…"
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