This WEDU original documentary premieres Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9 p.m.

In 1892, Andrew Taylor Still did the unimaginable when he accepted women and men equally in his new medical school. The Feminine Touch showcases the valiant women who rose above adversity to become osteopathic physicians in those early years, and includes today’s prominent female DOs who carry on that legacy. Their fight for equality is intertwined with the struggles of osteopathic medicine to be accepted as a valid scientific practice, illuminating how osteopathic medicine developed into the flourishing profession it is today.


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Join us for a Free Screening

Join WEDU PBS for a screening and Q&A session for The Feminine Touch on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. at the LECOM Bradenton Campus, School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton (Google Maps).


Photo Gallery

Andrew Taylor and class

Photo credit: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine 2007.09.01
Andrew Taylor Still (center, with walking stick) with the coed first class of the American School of Osteopathy, 1892.


1960 female doctor

By 1964, only 6% of physicians in the United States were women. In 2016 35% of doctors were women. Those entering medical school today are closing the gender gap, with a 50/50 split between the sexes.


Barbara Ross-Lee

Photo credit: Taro Yamasaki, Getty Images
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, the first African-American woman to become dean of a medical school, conducts an anatomy lab at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993.


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