Celebrating Women in History

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi

March is Women’s History Month which celebrates the vital role of women in American History. We are inspired by all of these brave, talented women. How do you want to mark your place in history?

LiliumCare spotlights Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi (August 31, 1842 – June 10, 1906) for her contribution to medicine.  Mary was revered as a physician, teacher, writer, scientist and suffragist.  Mary was born in London and the oldest child of 11.  Can you imagine?  She was the daughter of American parents from New York City and she was raised in New York from the age of 6.

Mary was interested in medicine from a young age and aspired to be a physician against her father’s wishes.  Isn’t that interesting?

Mary’s determination and drive were very impressive:

  • 1863 – graduated from the New York College of Pharmacy, making her the first woman to graduate from a U.S school of pharmacy
  • 1864 –  received her M.D. from the Female (later Women’s) Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • 1868 – admitted as the first woman student at École de Médecine of the University of Paris
  • July 1871 – graduated with honors and was the second woman to receive a degree from École de Médecine.  She also received a bronze medal for her thesis. 
  • Fall of 1871 – established a private medical practice in NYC

Other significant accomplishments included:

  • Professor in the new Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary and Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Second woman member of the Medical Society of the County of New York
  • President of Women’s Medical Association of New York City from 1874 to 1903
  • Harvard University’s Boylston Prize in 1876 for an original essay, The Question of Rest for Women during Menstruation.  In the essay,  she concluded that “there is nothing in the nature of menstruation to imply the necessity, or even desirability, of rest.”
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993