The 2022 Women’s History Month theme is Women: Providing Healing, Promoting Hope and is meant to recognize the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.
In Evanston, we have documented women in the healthcare field as part of the women’s history project. Concerns about public health and access to healthcare motivated them.
Here are links to just a few of the women and organizations in our research database that tell this story:
- Dr. Isabella Garnett and the Evanston Sanitarium – first hospital open to Black patients
- Elizabeth Webb Hill and Evanston Community Hospital – modernizing healthcare for the Black community
- The Woman’s Club of Evanston and public health projects
- Evanston Hospital and the Nurses Training School
- Dr. Sarah Brayton – early doctor at Evanston Hospital
- Dr. Kate Bushnell – early doctor and medical missionary
- Alice Bunker Stockham – early doctor and women’s reproductive health advocate
- Dr. Gladys Dick – researched scarlet fever and created the first vaccine