Great Strides: Celebrating Women in Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center

  • Photos courtesy of The Archives of the Frederick L. Ehrman Medical Library, except where noted otherwise.

  • Introduction (cont'd)

    Working against harsh societal limtations, female physicians found ways to overcome these obstacles, opening their own schools and hospitals, such as the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. Founded in 1857 by Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the New York Infirmary was one of the first places where women physicians could learn, intern and work. However, the ultimate goal was to train and work with the best doctors, male and female, and to that end women fought for the right to study at their schools of choice, and work in the best hospitals in their respective fields.

    When the first women matriculated at University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, they embarked on a journey of equality and knowledge that continues in spirit to this day. From teachers, researchers, and physicians, to leadership roles at NYU, our award-winning alumna and faculty continue to make great strides at NYU Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine.

  • Top row from left: Grace Sarah Goldberg, MD; Ella Maria Hediger, MD; Helen Druhan O’Brien, MD. Bottom row from left: Marion Robertson, MD; Edith C. Rosenthal, MD; Anna Topper, MD.

  • Dr. Lincoln aboard a Bellevue ambulance.

  • Volunteer from Children's Recreation Service of Children of Bellevue and young patient traveling through the halls of the F and G building ca. 1970.

  • Image of Dr. Loretta Bender, seated, with an open book.