I could not do otherwise : the remarkable life of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

by Latta, Sara L.,

Format: Print Book 2022
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As a teenager, Mary Edwards Walker determined she would no longer wear the confining corsets and long skirts society dictated women wear at the time and instead opted for pants with a short skirt, setting the stage for her lifelong controversial efforts to change expectations. One of the first women to earn a degree in medicine, Walker championed women's rights, social justice, and access to health care. She became a Civil War surgeon and a spy, who was captured and arrested by the Confederacy, and she is still the only woman to have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Written by young adult author Sara Latta, I Could Not Do Otherwise teaches readers about Walker's determination and strength of conviction, as well as her complete disregard of what others thought of her unconventional style. The slogan, "women's rights are human rights" is a direct descendent of Walker's words: "The recognition of the individuality of woman, is simply an acknowledgement of human rights, which all human beings have guaranteed them, by the fact of their having an existence." I Could Not Do Otherwise brings to light an amazing historical figure who broke gender norms and fought for issues that are still relevant today.

The making of a rebel
A champion of women's causes
Civil War surgeon
Contract civilian assistant surgeon
Postwar advocacy
Touring the United States
Author and activist
Difficult times
Reformer to the end.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Mary Edwards Walker (1832--1919) was a reform activist so outspoken she was nearly shunned and lost to history despite being one of the most famous (some might say infamous) women of her day. While Walker fought for abolition, Black education and temperance, and against the death penalty, she was particularly focused on women's suffrage and the right to divorce. Born in Oswego, New York, Walker graduated from Syracuse Medical College and served as a Civil War doctor, becoming the only woman to win a Medal of Honor. She was best known for advocating clothing reform. She wore a knee-length dress over pants, resulting in constant derision and arrests for dressing like a man. Later, she got involved in Democratic Party politics and and in 1881 became the first woman to run for Senate. This clearly written chronological biography, full of lively quotes from Walker's writings and her frequent mentions in the press, is ideal for research projects. Black-and-white illustrations and sidebars provide context. Readers will appreciate connections to modern issues of gender discrimination, equality, and expression."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Walker, Mary Edwards, -- 1832-1919 -- Juvenile literature.
Walker, Mary Edwards, -- 1832-1919.
Women physicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Suffragists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women physicians.
Women -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care -- Juvenile literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
Publisher Minneapolis :Zest Books,2022
Language English
Description 208 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 184-202) and index.
ISBN 9781728413914
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