About the Book
Dear Sophie is the continuing memoir of The Jagged Years of Ruthie J. as Ruth fights to get enrolled into a medical school. She finally succeeds by being one of a few students to be accepted at a new type of medical school at the University of Calgary. Being admitted turns out to be the easy part as she continues to face sexual harassment and discrimination during her schooling. Told in letters to her niece Sophie, Ruth weaves a feminist story of perseverance and determination for equality.
Several male doctors did their best to get Ruth kicked out of the program but persevered. She finished her residency and opened her own medical practice despite being blocked at almost every step and clashing with the established medical community.
Ruth’s story continues right up to the present, covering almost half a century, all the while using her experiences, especially in the medical community as a means to show Sophie how to live a happy, feminist life.
“Dr. Simkin courageously writes about her experiences in medicine, very true to the times. She describes changes over the years in a way that is both uplifting and at times, sad. I appreciated the thoughtful way the story was presented along with the sage advice as a narrative for the author’s niece. This story will inspire all who read it. I would love to prescribe a copy of this book to all mothers to give to their daughters. And to all other women as well! Very absorbing and interesting. Loved this book!” — Dr. Jann Rogers, BSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP