Moving the Needle on Gender Equity

The Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons traces its origins back to the time of the American Revolution, but it was only a century ago that women were brought into the fold of medical education at Columbia. The first woman faculty member, Rosalie Slaughter Morton, MD, joined the medical faculty in 1916, and the college’s first women students matriculated a year later in 1917, graduating in 1921.

But thanks to past and present efforts of trailblazers across the profession, today’s medical professoriate is almost 50% women and more accomplished than at any time in history. 

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