Women in dentistry
There is a long history of women in dentistry.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1855: Emeline Roberts Jones became the first woman to practice dentistry in the United States. She married the dentist Daniel Jones when she was a teenager, and became his assistant in 1855.
- 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.
- 1866: Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman to graduate from a dental college (Ohio Dental College).
- 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. She graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1869.
- 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.
- 1881: Margaret Caro became the first woman to be listed on the Dentists' Register of New Zealand.
- 1886: Margarita Chorné y Salazar became the first female dentist in Mexico.
- 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.
- 1892: The Women's Dental Association of the U.S. was founded in 1892 by Mary Stillwell-Kuesel with 12 charter members.
- 1895: Lilian Lindsay became the first licensed female dentist in Britain.
- 1898: Emma Gaudreau Casgrain became the first licensed female dentist in Canada.
- 1907: Frances Dorothy Gray became Australia’s first female Bachelor of Dental Science graduate from the Australian College of Dentistry, University of Melbourne, in 1907.
- 1920: Maude Tanner became the first recorded female delegate to the American Dental Association.
- 1921: During the annual meeting of the American Dental Association (ADA), 12 female dentists met in Milwaukee and formed the Federation of American Women Dentists, now known as the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). AAWD's first president, M. Evangeline Jordan, was one of the first to limit her practice to children and was a founder of pedodontics. She graduated from the University of California School of Dentistry in 1898.
- 1923: Anita Martin became the first woman inducted into the American dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
- 1946: Lilian Lindsay became the first female president of the British Dental Association.
- 1951: Helen E. Myers of Lancaster, Pa., a 1941 graduate of Temple University, was commissioned as the U.S. Army Dental Corps’ first female dental officer in 1951.
- 1975: On July 1, 1975, Jeanne Sinkford became the first female dean of an American dental school when she was appointed the dean of Howard University, School of Dentistry.
- 1977: The American Association of Dental Schools (founded in 1923 and renamed the American Dental Education Association in 2000) had Nancy Goorey as its first female president in 1977.
- 1988: In 1988, the American Student Dental Association elected its first female president, N. Gail McLaurin of the Medical University of South Carolina.
- 1991: Geraldine Morrow became the first female president of the American Dental Association.
- 1997: Hazel J. Harper became the first female president of the [American] National Dental Association.
- 2001: Marjorie Jeffcoat became the first female editor of The Journal of the American Dental Association.
- 2003: Rear Admiral Carol I. Turner became the first female Chief of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps.
- 2004: Sandra Madison, of Asheville, N.C., was elected as the first female president of the American Association of Endodontists.
- 2005: Michele Aerden became the first female president of the FDI World Dental Federation.
- 2007: Laura Kelly became the first female president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
- 2008: Beverly Largent, a pediatric dentist from Paducah, Ky., became the first female president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
- 2008: Valerie Murrah became the first female president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
- 2008: Paula Jones became the first female president of the Academy of General Dentistry.
- 2008: Deborah Stymiest of Fredericton was elected as the first female president of the Canadian Dental Association.
- 2008: Susan Bordenave-Bishop became the first female president of the Academy of Dentistry International.
- 2009: Kathleen T. O'Loughlin, of Medford, Mass., became the first female executive director of the American Dental Association.
- 2013: Gayle Glenn was elected as the first female president of the American Association of Orthodontists.
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