Oct 8 2018

Women Physicians in World War I: Traveling Exhibition

October 8 - November 30, 2018

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room Special Collections, 3rd floor Library of the Health Sciences, 3rd floor


750 W. Polk Street, Chicago, IL 60612



When the United States entered the war in 1917, women physicians numbered less than 6% of all physicians. Many were eager for the chance to serve their country. But when the Army Surgeon General sent out a call for physicians to serve in the Medical Corps, the women who applied were rejected. Women physician leaders across the country protested this decision and petitioned the government, but the War Department stood firm. However, women physicians found other ways to participate.

This exhibition and the accompanying film tells the incredible story of these American women physicians who served during the First World War despite widespread discrimination. Driven by patriotism and a desire to serve, these unsung heroines worked in hospitals, dispensaries, canteens, and ambulance units both during the war and in the years that followed.


Special Collections & University Archives

Date posted

Oct 8, 2018

Date updated

Oct 8, 2018