Yvonne Thornton

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American obstetrician-gynecologist, author

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According to Wikipedia, Yvonne S. Thornton is an American obstetrician-gynecologist, musician and author, best known for her memoir, The Ditchdigger's Daughters. Background, education and career Dr. Thornton was born in New York City and raised in Long Branch, New Jersey as the third of five children to Donald and Itasker Thornton , where she graduated from Long Branch High School. Her father, a ditchdigger, and a veteran of World War II, had a dream for each of his six children, all African-American girls, to become doctors. The struggle and story of this journey in spite of economic, racial and gender-based boundaries later became the subject of The Ditchdigger's Daughters. She cited her experiences in her childhood as being highly influential on her choice to attend medical school.

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