NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

1715Dorothea Erxleben (13 November 1715 – 13 June 1762), first female doctor in Germany.

Erxleben was instructed in medicine by her father from an early age. She practiced medicine on poor people.

After being admitted to study by a dispensation of Frederick the Great, Erxleben received her M.D. from the University of Halle in 1754.

The idea of a woman studying medicine was shocking at the time and a point was made that since women were not allowed to hold public office by law, they also shouldn’t practice medicine or need a medical degree. The rector of the University of Halle decided that practicing medicine was not the same as holding public office and allowed Erxleben to take her examination.

She took her examinations and was given her degree on June 12, 1754.

She went on to analyze the obstacles preventing women from studying, among them housekeeping and children.

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