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A Raisin in the Sun: Chicago in the 1950's/1960's

African-American Female Physicians

White-on-Black Crime in the 1950's
Employment Opportunities for African-Americans in Chicago
Abortion in the Black Community in the 1950's
Emmett Till in Chicago in the 1950's
Taxis and Public Transit in Chicago in the 1950's
Voting Rights
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Black Women Doctors
Topics Investigated

Michael Smitho

Composition II

            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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            Progress. JAMWA, 55(1), 6-9. Retrieved March 12, 2007, from http://escholarship.


ASUMH--Composition II, Spring 2007