AMWA Exhibition

Women Physician Suffragists


Women Physician Suffragists

In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, AMWA has launched this on-line exhibition to celebrate the important contributions of women physicians to the suffrage movement. Learn about these amazing women, who in addition to being physicians, helped advocate for equal voting rights for women of all professions.

The 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920.

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Women Physician Suffragists








Emily Pierson

District of Columbia









Louise Southgate


Anna Howard Shaw


Delia B. Randel




Maria Dean

New Hampshire

Jennie Sarah Barney

Rhode Island


South Carolina

Rosa Hirichman Gantt


Mattie E. Coleman

West Virginia

Harriet B. Jones


Laura Ross Wolcott




About the Women Physician Suffragists Exhibition

This exhibition was inspired by AMWA’s participation in Vision2020, a program of Drexel University College of Medicine which brought together a coalition of organizations and leaders in 2010 for a decade long initiative focused on women’s equality and suffrage. We are thrilled to launch this exhibition during Women’s History Month, March 2020, and hope that it will continue to grow in the coming years.         

— Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH, AMWA Executive Director

Exhibition Co-Chairs: Morgan Levy, Courtney Chau, Alyssa Brown, Eliza Chin
Researchers: Naveena Daram, Prachi Keni, Mollie Marr, Naseem Rangwala, Katarina Watson, Deborah Pavey


  • Curator’s Cut: An Inside Look at DC’s Suffrage Exhibits. Register for the webinar on May 27, 7-8 PM EST HERE.
  • Suffragette & Suffragist: The Influence of the British Suffrage Movement. Read the blog HERE.
  • Rightfully Hers Pop-Up Exhibit. Book your free pop-up exhibit from the National Archives HERE.
  • With Good Reason: The hidden herstory behind the classic “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” song. Check out the podcast HERE.

National Initiatives to Commemorate the Suffrage Movement:

Women’s Vote Centennial
Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative
Women’s Rights – National Park Service
Whereas: Stories from the People’s House

Women Physician Suffragists in Other Countries:

Canada: Dr. Emily Howard Stowe
Netherlands: Dr. Aletta Jacobs
United Kingdom:  The Doctor’s Dilemma, Elsie Inglis, Suffrage Military Hospital, No Man’s Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I

Learn about AMWA’s participation in Drexel University College of Medicine’s Initiative Vision2020: National Women’s Equality Initiative.  The Legacy Center – From the Collections: Women’s Suffrage