Discover the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. The individuals featured here provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference. The National Library of Medicine is pleased to present this exhibition honoring the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.
The Changing the Face of Medicine exhibit provides a wealth of information about the experiences of women in the medical profession, from the first doctors to researchers facing a glass ceiling in the late twentieth century. There are a large number of biographies of individual women searchable by location, ethnicity, career path, or medical school. Additional resources include information about how to prepare for a medical career, lesson plans for K-12 classrooms, activities for teaching anatomy and physiology and tied to the research of featured doctors. Finally, there is a separate section to "share your story" along several different themes. Visitors are asked to reflect on the care provided by female doctors, individuals they admire, having a female doctor in the family, and female doctors particularly involved in their communities.