Medical students conducting a dissection at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1890.
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Seven women gathered around a table participate in a dissection.

Credit: The National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Negative #72-10335. Image courtesy Drexel University, College of Medicine, Archives

By 1880 the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania the small school was offering superior medical training to its female students. Winning acceptance by the medical world, however, proved difficult. The Philadelphia County Medial Society ignored its graduates and faculty until 1888, when Mary Willits became the first WMCP graduate to win admission to the Society.

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