Today, in the People of Science series, we will present Mrs. Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake. Sophia was born in England in 1840. She studied very well and quickly dreamed of becoming a doctor?. Unfortunately, in the years she lived, women could not study at universities. Therefore, she tried by all means to convince the University to accept her. Initially to no avail, which did not discourage the young Englishwoman from further attempts. While the Faculty itself was favourable, the University Court annulled this decision because it could not make the necessary preparations in the interests of only one woman. That’s why Sophia found another 6 women who also wanted to become doctors. Their attendance at the University even ended in riots, but Ms. Jex eventually became the first doctor and the founder of the first medical schools for women and hospitals for women and children. In addition, she supported women on their way to medical education, professional careers and financial independence.

AUTHOR: mgr inż. Renata Kowalczyk