Elizabeth Blackwell Historic Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Join VP to unveil a historic plaque to mark the site of The New York Infirmary for Women and Children, the first hospital for women, staffed by women, and run by women, founded by Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. Blackwell was the first woman in America to receive a degree in medicine, blazing the trail for the entry of women into medicine and focusing her work on public health efforts for the poor and working classes. The hospital provided free care for women and children, and instruction for women studying for their medical degree.
Speakers will include:
Andrew Berman, Executive Director of VP
Carey Bloomfield, the great, great niece of Elizabeth Blackwell. Carey continues the family engagement in social and philanthropic causes with her thirty-year professional career in non-profit fundraising and active membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and Women in Development. She was President of Group I Directors of Development, League of American Orchestras, and is a Trustee of the Dana Hall School and Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard.
Jen Weintraub is a digital archivist and librarian at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University where she coordinates work with born-digital materials while expanding the already robust work to digitize the Library’s collections. She served as the chairperson of the Schlesinger library’s 2016 exhibition Women of the Blackwell Family: Resilience and Change. She has also held digitization-focused positions at Yale University Library, among others. She holds an MLIS from University of Michigan and a BA from University of Chicago.
Betty Bayer is an expert on the intersections of women’s history, psychology, science, religion and spirituality, Bayer has explored the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, and their common history in central New York. Recognized for her outstanding teaching, Bayer received the Colleges’ Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009. She has served as the chair of the Women Studies Program since 2001 and directed the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men from 2002 to 2009. A former senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Chicago, Bayer earned her Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in psychology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Judy Tung, M.D., is the chair of the department of medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and associate professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She also serves as the section chief of ambulatory internal medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive care, Dr. Tung’s philosophy of practice prioritizes communication and continuity. Her clinical interests are in women’s health and preventive medicine.
Virginia Reath, RPA MPH, has been a practicing clinician, educator, and activist in the fields of gynecology, sexual and reproductive health care for the past 30 years. She was the recipient of the ACLU Reproductive Rights Project Award for her work and activism in women’s sexual reproductive health & justice. She has lived in the neighborhood since 1975.

Monday, May 14, 2018
6:00 pm

58 Bleecker Street