01 Mar Women’s History Month!
We have officially started the third month of 2017 and it just so happens to be Women’s History Month. Throughout the years, women have changed the world through medicine, law, and other fields of research. These women include Civil War-era doctors, political organizers, and neurobiologists who have all studied and brought their accomplishments into the world which then, changed history forever.
Here are just a couple of the many women who made great impacts in history throughout the years:
During her husband’s presidency from 2009-2017, Michelle Obama made one of the largest impacts in the lives of women and children. She started a campaign called, “Let’s Move” where she was looking to improve the physical and emotional health of our nation. This brought everyone to take a look at their food choices, increase their exercise, and learn more about their bodies and what they need to change to become healthier.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D.
Elizabeth was known as the first female medical doctor. She earned the M.D. after her name when she officially graduated from New York’s Geneva Medical College on Tuesday, January 23, 1849. A fun fact about Dr. Blackwell is that she never intended to go to medical school or ever even considered becoming a doctor as she was extremely appalled by the idea of studying medicine. She was disgusted with the various ailments of the body and never thought this would be her calling.
Who is Norma? Another name you might know her as is, Jane Roe, from the infamous supreme court case, Roe v. Wade. Although Norma actively spoke out about her abortion-rights and beliefs, she eventually became pro-choice and has protested against abortions. During the trial, Norma eventually succeeded in winning the case where women were given the choice without having the government intervene.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, M.D.
Regina was appointed by President Obama to be the 18th U.S. Surgeon General. She founded the rural health clinic in La Batre, Alabama. Regina had to rebuild the clinic many times after natural disasters and a fire occurred, destroying the clinic. She earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama and her business degree at Tulane University.
These are just a few of the many women to have made a large impact on our history for many years. These women have built our understanding of health and deserve to be recognized for their contributions to society. Happy Women’s History Month!