Honor women doctors, athletes during February


Feb. 3 Is a day set aside to honor female doctors on National Women Physicians Day.

This day marks the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States in 1849. Blackwell initiated the movement that helped women gain entry and equality in the field of medicine, according to the National Day Calendar.

In Michigan there were 13,595 women physicians practicing in October 2018, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. That number represents 35 percent of the total 38,366 Michigan physicians. That mirrors the 35 percent of female physicians in the workforce nationally.

The first Wednesday in February, which this year is Feb. 6, is recognized by schools, organizations and teams as National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

In addition to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, participation in athletics build confidence, leadership skills and the ability to work with a team.

According to the National Day Calendar, women who participate in sports in school are more likely to graduate from college. According to an EY study, women increase their odds of landing leadership positions when they have a background in athletics.

In Michigan high schools, young women participate in basketball, bowling, competitive cheer, gymnastics, skiing, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, cross-country and volleyball, according to the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Some female students also have earned spots on football teams.

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