Women Pioneers in the field of medicine

March, Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, this edition of the Monthly Dose will focus on five women who have been pioneers in the medical field and have advanced medical knowledge benefitting humans all over the world. However, we have chosen to highlight some women who may not be as well-known as Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, a nurse in England), Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the US), Clara Barton (1821-1912, a nurse during the Civil War), and Marie Curie (1867-1934, Nobel Prize winner in Physics (1903) and Chemistry (1911)). Instead, let’s learn about Metrodora, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD, Susan LaFlesche Picotte, Rosalind Franklin, and Antonia Novello, MD.

Metrodora

200-400 AD

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD

1831–1895

Susan LaFlesche Picotte, MD

1865-1915

Rosalind Franklin

1920-1958​

Antonia Novello, MD

1944-