Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton: Dr. Thornton wasn’t raised on much. What she was raised on was her father’s wisdom, which taught her that “with hard work, determination and education, you can achieve anything.”
You may be familiar with the 1995 best-selling memoir The Ditchdigger’s Daughters (adapted into a movie and translated into 19 languages), which Thorton wrote as a tribute to her parents. Thornton was the first black woman to be board-certified in High-Risk obstetrics and to be accepted into The New York Obstetrical Society. She’s also listed in “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in the World,” “The Best Doctors – New York Metro Area,” and as one of New York Magazine’s “Top Ten Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists in New York City.”
Thornton’s second memoir, Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy continues from the first, chronicling her struggle to live up to her father’s expectations, as well as the pressure of balancing a medical career with managing a home and raising two children, both of whom are very accomplished in their own lives. What drove her to write the second book were her admirers pleas to understand how to “have it all”—how to be an accomplished business woman and raise a highly respectable family. Yep, Dr. Thortnon really does have it all, but what’s more is that she’s kind enough to reach out to those who are eager to improve their lives and the lives of their children.