Health Equity

Timeline of women in medicine


September is the AMA’s Women in Medicine (WIM) Month, which celebrates the accomplishments of—and showcases advocacy for—female physicians, while also highlighting health issues impacting female patients.

Ever since Elizabeth Blackwell earned her medical degree in 1849, women have been making their mark in the field of medicine. Here are some key individuals and accomplishments along the way:


The feats women have achieved in the medical field are truly monumental. The AMA remains committed to diversity in medicine and to helping women continue to drive advancements in the field.

Show your support for Women in Medicine in September by posting photos of yourself at work or in the classroom using the hashtag #WIMMonth.