There was a time when women were not allowed to become doctor. This profession only restricted to man. People thought that women were not too strong that could bear the stress to become a doctor.
Elizabeth Black was the first lady, American lady, got the admission in a medical college. An influential doctor recommends her for admission. The administrator of the college did not refuse the doctor but they also did not want a female student in their college. They decided to put the matter before students, hoping that her admission will be refused.
The college authorities were surprised that the student body approved her admission. Some of the students thought that women should have equal rights. Some of them thought it would be amusing to be the only medical college in the country where a woman doctor had been trained. So the vote in favor was carried and the college authorities gave permission to admit Elizabeth n the medical college.
Eventually, Elizabeth get the acceptance letter and proceeds in Geneva College. The dean introduced her to all the students in her class. Initially when she came to college they behaved very badly, but after joining the class, the whole situation started changing. The presence of a lady proved that it is beneficial in the discipline of the medical college.
Now days women are working side by side with men, women are playing very crucial role in society by joining all sorts of professions and careers.
- Nuisance ———— person, thing or circumstance causing trouble or annoyance
- Offend ————– Cause offense to , upset, Displease, Anger
- Student Body ——- all student member of college
- Influential ————having great influence
- Diffident ————-shy, lacking self-confidence
- Unanimously ——- all in agreement (committee was unanimous)
- Authorities ———- favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority
QUESTION AND ANSWERS
Q.1 Why it is thought that man could be doctor according to the lesson “The Door Swings Open”?
Ans. According to the lesson “The Door Swings Open” people thought that women were not too strong that could bear the stress to become a doctor or could carry out their duties properly as doctor.
Q.2 How did Elizabeth get admission in the medical college?
Ans. An influential and famous American doctor recommended her for the admission in medical college. The administration could not refuse the doctor so they put the matter in front of student union hoping that they would refuse her admission but unfortunately the students gave their vote in favor so the administrator of college had to admit her in the medical college.
Q.3 Why did college authorities not wish to give an admission in their medical college for a woman?
Ans. the college authorities not wish to give an admission in the college for a woman because they were influenced under the traditions of those days that a woman could not perform her duties properly as doctor.
Q.4 What was the behavior of the male students when the dean of the college introduced Elizabeth as a female student?
Ans. The Dean of the college introduced Elizabeth to her classmates. The class numbering about 150 students was composed largely of young men from neighboring town. They all become surprised and showed complete silence in the class room.
Q.5 What effects did appear in the presence of a woman student among the male students in the medical college?
Ans. The male students were rude but after the admission of Elizabeth as a woman student the whole situation was changed. Hence the presence of a lady proved to be more beneficial in the discipline of the college than the rules.
Q.6 Now days are women treated equally with men in medical colleges or in other professions?
Ans. Now days women are working side by side with men. they are playing very active role in modern society. They are playing an even increasing role in all kinds of careers and professions. In hospitals we can see a lot of female doctors with male doctors working with great devotion and love for their medical profession.