Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 26th is Woman's Equality Day

Women throughout history have made great strides to become great in whatever they pursue. 

For as long as dentistry has been practiced women didn't really start making waves until the mid-19th century. 

So today we will celebrate some of the ground-breaking women who pioneered the way for today's female dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants. 

Lucy B. Hobbs-Taylor (1833-1910) 

First woman to graduate from a recognized dental college in 1866.

Irene Newman (1875-1958) 

First dental hygienist in 1906. Having dental hygienists allowed the dentist to concentrate on more involved procedures. 

Malvina Cueria (1893-1991)

First female dental assistant in 1885. This made it acceptable for women to come to the dentist without a chaperon.   

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