Lucy Hobbs Taylor
|Lucy Hobbs Taylor|
Lucy Hobbs Taylor
March 14, 1833|
Constable, New York
|Died||October 3, 1910(aged 77)|
Lucy Hobbs was born on March 14, 1833 in Constable, New York. She entered the working world by teaching school for ten years in Michigan. In 1859, she moved to Cincinnati, intending to become a dentist. When she was refused admission to dental school, she began a private program of study with a professor from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.
After studying dentistry, Lucy Hobbs started her own practice in Cincinnati in 1861. She soon moved to Bellevue and then McGregor, Iowa, where she spent three years. In 1865, she finally gained all professional recognition when she was allowed to join the Iowa State Dental Society. That November, she entered the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, where in 1866 she earned her doctorate in dentistry, becoming the first woman in the United States to do so. She later wrote, "People were amazed when they learned that a young girl had so far forgotten her womanhood as to want to study dentistry." 
Hobbs next moved to Chicago where she met James M. Taylor whom she married in April 1867, becoming Lucy Hobbs Taylor. Taylor then convinced her husband to also enter dentistry. The two then moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where they practiced jointly until James Taylor died in 1886. After her husband's death, Lucy Taylor ceased to be an active dentist, but became more active in politics, campaigning for greater women's rights, until her own death on October 3, 1910.
By 1900, almost one thousand women had followed Lucy Taylor into dentistry, an increase many attribute largely to her accomplishments. In 1983, the American Association of Women Dentists honored Taylor by establishing the Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award, which it now presents annually to AAWD members in recognition of professional excellence and achievements in advancing the role of women in dentistry.
- "Lucy Hobbs Taylor, First Female Dentist" Accessed 25 May 2006.
- "Lucy Hobbs Taylor" Accessed 25 May 2006.
- "Lucy Hobbs Taylor". Celebrating Women's History Month. Accessed 25 May 2006.
- Matlak, A (2007). "Surfing for history: an annotated bibliography of select websites/pages on the history of dentistry". Journal of the History of Dentistry 55 (1): 26–9. PMID 17564149.
- "Women's role in dentistry celebrated". Dentistry Today 19 (5): 32, 40–1. 2000. PMID 12524757.
- Giangrego, E (2002). "Looking back. Lucy Hobbs Taylor". CDS Review: 42. PMID 11957833.
- Dees, L A (2001). "Before we were created equally: the story of Lucy Hobbs Taylor, DDS". Journal of the History of Dentistry 49 (3): 105–10. PMID 11813374.
- Albert, S B (1999). "It takes determination to be a dentist". The New York State Dental Journal 65 (1): 3–5. PMID 10079697.
- Hine, M K (1993). "A look at women's contributions to dentistry". Journal of the Indiana Dental Association 72 (6): 36–8. PMID 8040726.
- "Lucy paved the way". The New York State Dental Journal 59 (8): 72. 1993. PMID 8247450.
- Davis, S (1988). "Lucy Hobbs Taylor: the mixed blessing of being the first". Journal of the American Dental Association 117 (3): 443. PMID 3053854.
- Hewitt, D L (1988). "Dentistry's first lady: Lucy Hobbs Taylor". The Ohio Dental Journal 62 (4): 28–31. PMID 3062517.
- Hofer, K (1981). "Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, first woman dentist". CAL 45 (4): 13–5, 18. PMID 7028217.
- Walker, J C (1976). "Lucy had courage". CAL 39 (10): 29–30. PMID 795514.
- Edwards, R W (1951). "The first woman dentist Lucy Hobbs Taylor, D.D.S. (1833-1910)". Bulletin of the History of Medicine 25 (3): 277–83. PMID 14848611.