Well...women have always been in a class of their own, but that's not why we've separated them from male physicians. We did this because African American female physicians were a much rarer breed than their male counterparts. Women as a whole were already considered second-class, and were expected to stay home, mind the children and mind their business. Therefore, African American female physicians in the early years would have been an anomaly. They would have had to fight both white prejudice and gender prejudice from the males of their race. They deserve their own class...don't you think?