Finding national statistics on African-American
female physicians in the 1950’s is very difficult. In 1960, only 6.8% of practicing physicians and 5.7% of medical school
graduates were women (More & Greer, 2000, p. 6). African-American women are a minority population and faced discrimination
based on both race and gender. In the 1950’s, an average of 1.7% of the practicing women doctors in the United
States were African-American (More & Greer, 2000, p. 8). This number rose to only 5.3%
in the 1980’s (More & Greer, 2000, p. 8). The number of African-American women doctors in the 1950’s is so
small as to be almost an anomaly at well under 1%.
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