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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was born on November 26, 1832 in Oswego, New York to Alva Walker, her father, and Vesta Walker, her mother. She was youngest of seven children. She had five older sisters and one older brother. (An aerial shot will be displayed during this scene.)
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker graduated from Syracuse Medical College with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1855 when women still could not vote. It was not until the 19th Amendment that women were allowed to vote. Despite that, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was so determined that she was still able to get a doctor's degree when woman were discriminated against.
You (men) are not our protectors... If you were, who would there be to protect us from?
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was an avid active abolitionist and prohibitionist. (Camera angled slightly upward during this scene, directly on Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.) She was persistent, relentless, determined, and never gave up fighting for what was right.
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker volunteered in the Civil War for the Union Army. She was the first woman surgeon for the United States army. (There will be special effects to display Dr. Mary Edwards Walker's determination and passion towards wounded soldiers.)
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker actively advocated for women's rights and women's dress reform. She often wore men's clothing while she worked and was arrested a number of times for this. As a result, she became the president of "National Dress Reform Association" in 1866. (There will be an animation of her saying that famous quote.)
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for such dedication to the U.S. army. She received it in 1865 by President Andrew Johnson. She is still the only woman to have received this honor.
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