My friend Sue is making wonderful plans for her summer break from her job as a special needs teacher for our public school district. I’m jealous.
OK, even though I don’t get several weeks off every summer, it does take pressure off my schedule that my son is out of school (it helps even more that he is away at camp for 6 weeks in Pennsylvania). Just that extra half hour of sleep in the morning makes such a difference.
In my patients working on weight loss, I see the difference enough sleep makes.
Dr. Liz Lyster is interviewed by Kimi Avary, Relationship Navigation Specialist. Dr. Liz is passionate about helping women feel like their best selves, so they can bring health and happiness to the world.
My mom, Dr. Norah Gutrecht, is in the front row, 3rd from left, 1959
“Ungentlemanly behavior” has a long and colorful past.
The “Jeering Incident” occurred in 1869, a few years after the first woman was admitted to an American medical school by accident (more on this in a moment). A group of female medical students arrived at an all-male medical school to observe a clinical demonstration. The women were greeted with “yells, hisses, caterwauling, mock applause, offensive remarks on personal appearance, etc.”(1)
Most of the press coverage condemned this “ungentlemanly behavior”, but not all – one local newspaper published a letter to the editor, which asked, “Who is this shameless herd of sexless beings who dishonor the garb of ladies?”
In honor of Women’s History Month, I would like to share with you some learning about my professional foremothers in the U.S. and in my own family.
During our stay in Cape Town, we did a guided bicycle tour of a township called Masiphumelele (I pronounce it for you in the video!). Check out my Justice Doll, made by some of the women there to raise awareness of injustice against women and children.
I have shared a few photos of my trip (Masiphumelele and a couple from Table Mountain) below.
It was a sunny day in Manhattan Beach, California. I was by the ocean, walking my son Anthony when he was about one year old. I was with my friends Vicky, whose daughter was also 1 year old, and Kate, the veteran of the group – her daughter was already two years old.