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Vital Signs

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Women in white

Year Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from a U.S. medical school

Year DMS denied admission to Blackwell's sister, Emily

Year Valerie Leval became the first woman to graduate from DMS

Number of women in the DMS Class of 1965

First year the entering DMS class had over 50% women

Percentage of women entering all U.S. medical schools in 2006

Percentage of women entering DMS in this fall's Class of 2011

The DMS Class of 1965 boasted two women—one of whom is front and center, in white, in this class photograph—and 46 men.

Four decades later, the Class of 2011 has 41 women and 32 men.

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