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1971 - 1994


Mary Howell, MD, first woman to be appointed Associate Dean (of students).


Supreme Court decides Roe v. Wade, constitutionally guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion.


The Joint Committee on the Status of Women is established as a standing committee including HMS, HSDM, HSPH.


Ruth Sager, Ph.D., professor of cellular genetics, first HMS woman faculty member in the National Academy of Sciences.


Carola Eisenberg, MD, first woman to be appointed Dean (of students).


Beatrix Hamburg, first HMS woman faculty member to hold membership in the Institute of Medicine (HMS Associate Professor 1980-83).


The Smith and Smith Laboratory of Reproductive Endocrinology named for Olive Watkins Smith (Ph.D. 1928) and her husband, George Smith.


Dan Rather opens his August 2 "CBS Nightly News" newscast with a story on AIDS, marking the beginning of national awareness of the epidemic.


Jane Schaller, MD, (HMS '60) first woman president of HMS Alumni Association.


Barbara McNeil, MD, Ph.D., first woman HMS graduate (1966) and first woman DMS graduate (1972) to be appointed full professor at HMS.


Marjorie Lees, first Harvard DMS Ph.D. (1951) woman made full professor at Harvard (of Biochemistry in the Department of Neurology).


Mary Ellen Avery, MD, Thomas Morgan Rotch Professor of Pediatrics, awarded the National Medal of Science.


Bernadine Healy, MD (HMS '69), first woman director of the National Institutes of Health, launches the Women's Health Initiative.

1994, September

Women comprise 52.7% of the entering class of students.

The information used in this history was gathered by the Timeline Committee In Celebration of Women in Medicine at Harvard Medical School: Laura Brown, Mary Clark, Margaret Dale, Nancy Meyer, Madeleine Mullin, Terri Rutter, Jocelyn Spragg, Eleanor Shore, Miles Shore, Elin Wolfe, Richard Wolfe.

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