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Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians

A woman and two other people in surgical garmentsChanging the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians

Women have always been healers. As mothers and grandmothers, women nursed the sick in their homes. As midwives, wise women, and curanderas, women cared for people in their communities. Yet, when medicine became established as a formal profession in Europe and America, women were shut out. Nevertheless, they waged a long battle to gain access to medical education and hospital training and, since then, women have overcome prejudices and discrimination to create and broaden opportunities within the profession. Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians introduces and acknowledges some of the many extraordinary women who have studied and practiced medicine in America.

The online exhibition features a range of resources for educators and students, including lesson plans developed by classroom teachers for middle and high school classes, educational online activities, and career resources.

Beginning in August 2003, Changing the Face of Medicine became available as a traveling exhibition free of charge to interested libraries and cultural centers. The traveling exhibition retired in October 2012.

Changing the Face of Medicine received multiple awards. In 2009, the National Council on Public History presented co-curator Manon Parry with the Excellence in Consulting Award. In 2004, the American Association of Museums Media and Technology Committee presented a MUSE Award for the sphygmograph artifact interactive. In 2003–2004 MomMD awarded a Spotlight Site of the Year award for the online exhibition.

Senior scholar, Ellen S. More published an article about her experiences working as a guest curator with the National Library of Medicine to create the exhibition.

Last Reviewed: August 11, 2014