Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 3 – Dr Susan La Flesche Picotte

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Dr Susan La Flesche Picotte

Dr Susan La Flesche Picotte

First female Native American medical doctor
17 June 1865 – 18 September 1915
Omaha Reservation, United States

Dr Susan La Flesche Picotte, a member of the Omaha tribe, was the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree, graduating at the top of her class in 1889. She worked as a physician on the Omaha Reservation, founding a hospital, and running public health campaigns on preventative medicine, hygiene and temperance. She was also a activist, fighting for tribal land rights.

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Day 2 – Victoria Drummond MBE Day 4 – Wang Zhenyi


Posted in Advent 2018.