Women in dentistry

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There is a long history of women in dentistry.


16th century[edit]

  • Unknown, 16th century: In an early copper engraving by Lucas Van Leyden, a traveling dentist can be seen along with a woman acting as his assistant.[1]

19th century[edit]

  • 1852: Amalia Assur became the first female dentist in Sweden; she was given special permission from the Royal Board of Health (Kongl. Sundhetskollegiets) to practice independently as a dentist, despite the fact that the profession was not legally opened to women in Sweden before 1861.[1]
  • 1855: Emeline Roberts Jones became the first woman to practice dentistry in the United States.[2] She married the dentist Daniel Jones when she was a teenager, and became his assistant in 1855.[3]
  • 1866: Rosalie Fougelberg received a royal dispensation from Swedish King Charles XV and thus became the first woman in Sweden to officially practice dentistry since the profession had been legally opened to both genders in 1861.[1]
  • 1866: Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman to graduate from a dental college (Ohio Dental College).[3]
  • 1869: Henriette Hirschfeld-Tiburtius, born in Germany, became the first woman to take a full college course in dentistry, as Lucy Hobbs Taylor received credit for her time in dental practice before attending dental college.[4] She graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1869.[4][4][5][6]
  • 1874: Fanny A. Rambarger became the second American woman to earn the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1874, when she graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. She worked in Philadelphia and limited her practice to women and children only.[3]
  • 1881: Margaret Caro became the first woman to be listed on the Dentists' Register of New Zealand.[7]
  • 1886: Margarita Chorné y Salazar became the first female dentist in Mexico.[1]
  • 1890: Ida Gray Rollins became the first African-American woman to earn a dental degree in the United States, which she earned from the University of Michigan.[4][8]
  • 1892: The Women's Dental Association of the U.S. was founded in 1892 by Mary Stillwell-Kuesel with 12 charter members.[9]
  • 1895: Lilian Lindsay became the first licensed female dentist in Britain.[1]
  • 1898: Emma Gaudreau Casgrain became the first licensed female dentist in Canada.[1]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]


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