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  • 22 October, 2020
    FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 3 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Wilkie Collins and Dr Sophia Pillico Wilkie Collins, 1824-1889 The short story ‘Fie, Fie! the Fair Physician’,  by Willie Collins, was published in 1882. It is  presented as if an edited account from a woman participant  - which allows the actual author to distance himself from the views expressed. This time, the ...
  • 1 October, 2020
    FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 2 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Anthony Trollope and Miss Doctor Olivia Q Fleabody Anthony Trollope 1815-1882 ‘Is He Popenjoy’ (1878) is a novel by Anthony Trollope with some similarities to Charles Reade’s ‘A Woman-Hater’. The story concerns the early marital relationship of Lord George Germain, the younger brother of the absentee Marquis of ...
  • 25 November, 2019
      Sophie Almond is a second year PhD student studying at the University of Leicester. Her thesis, ‘The Medical Women’s Federation, 1879-1948’ seeks to shed new light on the early history of the organisation, and to explore how perceptions of women’s health changed during this seventy year period. Her research is funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training ...
  • 25 November, 2019
    The usual path of getting into medical school wasn’t the one destined for me. After getting rejected from all the universities I applied to for medicine the first-time round, I decided to take a gap year and try again. I can now proudly say it was the best decision I have ever made and now study at University College London (UCL). Within university, I am the Welfare and Volunteering Officer of ...
  • 2 August, 2019
    - Winner: Amelle Ra, Medical Student, University of Liverpool “I believe most conscientiously and thoroughly that women as a body are sexually, constitutionally and mentally unfit for the hard-incessant toil, and for the heavy responsibilities of general surgical practice. At the same time, I believe as thoroughly that there is a branch of our profession – midwifery – to which they might be ...
  • 11 October, 2018
    Four months since the wonderful MWF Spring Conference in Cardiff, I have now settled into my role as President and have a full list of great events and updates to pass on to our members. The first thing I would urge you to do is to join Twitter, it takes five minutes to set up and will give you daily updates on my visits and talks representing MWF as well as keeping you updated on MWF matters. It ...
  • 7 June, 2018
    The current trend on social media in the world of medicine is #mypathtomedicine. This is an age old question all medics, and potential medics, are asked. It is an opening question at medical school interviews, and, as I am finding out, at postgraduate interviews, at funding interviews, at speciality job interviews…. Why medicine? What drew you to surgery? Have you always wanted to be a doctor? ...
  • 18 May, 2018
      The Medical Women’s Federation kicked off Mental Health Awareness week in the afterglow of a magnificent May meeting in Cardiff. As an active MWF member for over 25 years, I can vouch for it as a purposeful and integrated network of women doctors that remains progressively relevant in todays' medical working climate. As medical women we have tremendous power to change lives - not just ours, but ...
  • 17 November, 2017
    It has taken 100 years for the Medical Women’s Federation to return home to Edinburgh, the city where Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven first bravely battled for women to have the right to attend university and study medicine. Fortunately, the trend caught on - over 600 women are currently on the MBChB programme at Edinburgh Medical School and this year saw the founding of our first student-led ...

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