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January 8, 1982

Women in Medicine

JAMA. 1982;247(2):173. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320270013004

To the Editor.—  As a graduate in 1955 of The Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, which owed its existence to the vision, competence, and hard work of several generations of men and women physicians and lay persons (not an act of Congress), I feel the need to address some points presented in the SPECIAL COMMUNICATION by Carlotta Rinke, MD, entitled "The Professional Identities of Women Physicians" (1981;245:2419).The Woman's Medical College, unfortunately in some respects, was forced to become coeducational to benefit from federal funding. When its students were all women, there were a number of female role models both on the teaching staff and among the attending physicians. If anyone was having identity problems, there was no possibility of competing by being "flirtatious or seductive" and no need to become "one of the boys." The drive for equality in all things, in this instance, worked a hardship on one