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1948 - 1970


First female graduates from HMS: Doris Rubin Bennett, Martha Kern Caires, Raquel Eidelman Cohen, Shirley Gallup, Dora Benedict Goldstein, Marcia Gordon, Marjorie Kirk, Clare Kent Marshall, Edith Stone, Edith Schwartz Taylor, Jo Ann Tanner Taylor, Ladislas Wojcik.


Helen Deane, first female assistant professor in a basic sciences department (anatomy); first female instructor in basic sciences, (1945).


Aina Meirovics Auskaps first women to enter Harvard School of Dental Medicine.


Contraceptive pill is developed.


First Alumni Bulletin article written by a woman, "Women at Harvard Medical School," by June Pryor, '55, in which she states,

"There were certainly many minor adjustments that had to be made on our part. One of the first was learning that we were now `scholars and gentlemen' and that we, too, were to step lively to the call, `Gentlemen!'"


Dorothy Murphy becomes official registrar of Harvard Medical School. Miss Murphy began her career at the medical school in 1919 earning $15 a week. From then through her retirement in 1971, she was secretary for four deans, unofficial registrar, official registrar and finally Associate Director of Harvard Medical Alumni Association. Upon her death, alumni established a scholarship in her name.


Women admitted to Vanderbilt residence hall. They occupy the deanery, which is separated from the rest of the dormitory. Women continue to be sequestered in the deanery until their numbers increase so much after 1972 that they began occupying rooms elsewhere throughout the dormitory.


Harriet Hardy, first female appointed associate clinical professor.


Barbara Ford (Ebert), executive secretary to two deans, in 1978 was made Special Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, a position she held until 1984 when she joined the Governing Board.


Grete Bibring, MD, first woman appointed to a full professorship at Harvard Medical School, as clinical professor of psychiatry, and first woman appointed head of a clinical department (1946). (In 1995, the second floor conference room of HMS Building A, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA, was named "The Grete M. Bibring Room," in honor of Dr. Bibring.)


Escalation of US military engagement in Vietnam.


Ph.D. women students first allowed to register as Harvard (not Radcliffe) students and to receive Harvard degrees.


Congress passes Civil Rights Act.


Elizabeth D. Hay, MD, first woman full professor in an HMS preclinical department (anatomy); first woman appointed associate professor with tenure (1964); first woman appointed head of a preclinical department (1975).


Beverly Bennett, first woman to be Assistant Dean (of resources).

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