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Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich, Assistant Professor of History at Muhlenberg College, will discuss the crucial role women physicians played in the fight for suffrage in the United States. She will examine how women doctors used public health arguments to advocate for suffrage and explore how they increasingly leveraged their medical knowledge, professional status, and public reputations to play an influential role in local, state, and national politics in the early twentieth century.
Timeline:6:30PM-7:30PM Lecture7:30PM-8:30PM ReceptionLight refreshments created by Catering By Design provided after the lecture.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Jacqueline Antonovich, PhD is an Assistant Professor of History at Muhlenberg College. She is a historian of health and medicine in the United States, with particular interests in how race, gender, and politics shape the medical field and access to health care. Her teaching interests include histories of public health; alternative medicine; disability; reproduction and childbirth; and epidemics. She also focuses on the history of the American West, nineteenth-century America, and the Gilded and Progressive Eras.
ABOUT Kate Campbell Hurd-Mead:
An 1888 graduate of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Kate Campbell Hurd-Mead was a successful physician, leader and organizer of medical women, medical writer, lecturer and supporter of the work of women doctors everywhere. Following her internship in Boston, studies at Johns Hopkins University and in Europe, she served as medical director at the Bryn Mawr School for Girls in Baltimore, where she also helped establish a dispensary for working women.
She entered private practice in Middletown, Connecticut and attended at the town’s hospital. But it was her determination to tell the whole story of women’s place in medicine, resulting in the incomparable History of Women in Medicine from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Nineteenth-Century (1938) that became her legacy. Dr. Hurd-Mead completed the manuscript of Volume 2, updating the pioneers of the entire eastern hemisphere from Australia to Ireland and a third volume, covering the western hemisphere was underway at her death.
This event is co-sponsored by The Section on Medical History of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
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