Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the first woman dentist in the USA. She was born in NY in 1833 at a time when women were not welcome in the workplace or in the dental profession. In 1859 she applied to medical school but was rejected because of her sex. She applied to the Ohio College of Dental Surgery and although she was rejected again, she convinced the college dean to tutor her privately. In 1861 she opened a dental practice, and she finally earned her doctorate in dentistry in 1866. “Dr. Lucy” developed a successful practice and she was well known.
By the end of the 19th century, nearly 1,000 women had joined the dental profession – Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the trail blazer. Today half of all dental students are women, and women make up a significant percentage of practicing dentists.download groundhog day divx