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Celebrating Women's History Month- Influential Women in the Healthcare Industry

Since 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women from various disciplines that often go overlooked. To celebrate, we have compiled a list of influential women who have made a significant impact in the healthcare industry.

1. Ala Stanford, MD

Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Stanford began her medical career as a pediatric surgeon. During the height of the pandemic, Dr. Stanford provided vaccines to under served communities throughout Philadelphia. As a result of her efforts, the Black Doctors Consortium was birthed. Dr. Stanford has been recognized by numerous publications for her work, including Forbes, Fortune Magazine, and CNN.

2. Clara Barton

Clara Barton played a major role providing nursing and supplies to soldiers during the Civil War. As a result, she was affectionately named, “The Angel of the Battlefield.” Barton would go on the found the American Red Cross in 1881, where she would serve as president for 23 years before retiring.

3. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler overcame racism and sexism to become the first black doctor in the United States. She received her medical degree from New England Female Medical College in 1864. Upon graduating, Dr. Crumpler provided medical aid to formerly enslaved people who were once denied treatment from their slaveholders, through the Freedman’s Bureau.

4. Letitia Mumford Geer

In 1899, Letitia Mumford Geer patented a newly designed medical syringe. Prior to her design, syringes had to be operated using two hands. Her creation made things more efficient for medical professionals and patients alike. Modern-day syringes are modeled after her design.

Happy Women’s History Month to all women, regardless of the profession. Were you aware of any of the women mentioned in this list? Leave a comment!


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