Providing Healing, Promoting Hope: 5 Women in Medical History

The theme for Women’s History Month 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” and stands as “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history,” as written by the National Women’s History Alliance.

At GWHT, a woman-led and woman-forward center committed to advancing women in STEM, we exemplify this motto every day through our research and community outreach, and wanted to bring light to some of the amazing women who provided healing and promoted hope by making great breakthroughs in the history of medicine and healthcare.

Metrodora (200–400 CE)

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1920)

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831–1895)

Marie Curie (1867–1934)

Rosalind Franklin (1921–1958)

So many women, not just the five we spoke about today, have made amazing leaps and bounds in the areas of medical research and healthcare. Amazing women before our time, during our time, and amazing women to come have and continue to provide healing and promote hope worldwide today.




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