March celebrates women’s contributions and achievements throughout history. The theme of Women’s History Month this year is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope” to pay tribute to the work of caregivers and frontline workers during the pandemic and recognize how women of all cultures have provided hope and healing.
In addition to the month-long celebration of Women’s History Month, March 8th is designated as International Women’s Day (IWD), which was first recognized by the United Nations in 1975.
Below are just a few of the accomplished women to know who have contributed to the medical field.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from medical school and become a doctor in the United States. She graduated from Geneva College (NY) at the top of her class even though schools were not admitting women.
In 1857, Elizabeth and her sister Emily, who also attended medical school, despite several rejections because of her gender, founded the New York Infirmary for Women. Learn more here.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler
Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1864. In 1883, she set another milestone, becoming one of the first African Americans to publish a medical publication. Learn more here.
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