Women's History Month

March 23rd, 2015

March is Women's History Month! Why do we care about this? Did you know that most electrologists are women? And so are most of our clients! So let's talk about some of our heroines, in no particular order.

Clara Barton

Everyone knows that Clara Barton was a Civil War nurse who founded the American Red Cross in 1881, at the age of 60. But did you know that she also founded the Bureau of Records of Missing Men of the Armies of the United States, through which she and her assistants identified more than 22,000 missing Civil War soldiers. Ms. Barton surely earned her nickname, Angel of the Battlefield, providing aid to the wounded during the war, and later spearheading humanitarian efforts in the rest of the US and overseas.

Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D

You betcha we're going to put that M.D. in there! Dr. Blackwell graduated from New York's Geneva Medical College on Tuesday, January 23, 1849, securing her place in history as the first woman M.D. in the United States. Not content to "just" be called "Doctor Blackwell", she later became instrumental in the 1857 founding the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, and published several books, including 1895's Pioneering Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D

A freeborn woman, Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in Delaware around 1833, and later moved to Pennsylvania to be raised by her Aunt. Crumpler drew inspiration for her future profession from this Aunt, to whom people came for medical care. Initially a self-taught nurse, she so impressed the doctors she worked with that the wrote letters of recommendation and encouraged her to enroll at the New England Female Medical College. Her admission was considered groundbreaking, as there were few medical schools for women, and fewer still that admitted African Americans. Although the Civil War put a temporary hold on her studies, she graduated in 1864, the very first Black female physician in the US, and the only Black woman to graduate from the New England Female Medical college. In addition to her work in Virginia after the war to attend to freed slaves, Dr. Crumpler is known for her book The Book of Medical Discourses, which was aimed at women in order to help them monitor the health of their families.

Marie Curie

We'd be seriously remiss if we didn't mention Madame Doctor Marie Curie, the first person to have earned TWO Nobel Prizes. She and her husband Pierre shared the first one with Antoine Henri Becquerel in 1903 in the category of Physics. In 1911, she earned another on her own, this time in Chemistry. Succeeding her husband as Head of the Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne, Mme. Dr. Curie later went on to be appointed Professor of General Physics in the Science Faculty, the first woman to hold this position. In 1914, she was appointed to the directorship of the Curie Laboratory in the Radium Institute at the University of Paris. Mme. Dr. Curie's research into so called "X-rays" led to better diagnostic methods that are still in use today.

Nancy Miriam Hawley

In 1969, Nancy Miriam Hawley hosted a workshop at Emmanuel College in Boston, with the intent of educating women about our bodies and helping women forge a connection with our own bodies. That workshop later grew into the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, which was eventually responsible for the landmark book, Our Bodies, Ourselves. Hawley spearheaded the modern movement to teach women not only about their bodies and sexuality, but about body acceptance and being comfortable being ourselves.

Hooray for these amazing women in health, all of whom have made it possible for women to maintain healthier, happier lives. Electrologists are proud to carry on their tradition.

One Response to “Women's History Month”

  1. Woman are like diamonds in the rough, you may not always see us, but know we are always there! Woman stand strong!

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