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Woman's Equality Day

LWV-MontgomeryCounty | Published on 8/26/2020

August 26, 2020 marks one year of commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. We commemorated Women's Equality Day by launching two special projects honoring Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, Indiana’s first licensed female physician. After obtaining her license in 1856, Dr. Wilhite practiced in Crawfordsville for 36 years.  She was also a notable suffragist and community builder. 


Project #1:

A fascinating booklet about Dr Wilhite’s life and times and legacy will be ready to acquire. You may purchase the book, authored by Shannon Hudson, by clicking the image below. You may also view a Lunch With The League discussion with the author by clicking here.

Project #2: 

A short film entitled A Legacy of Women in Medicine will be presented by the LWV. Honoring pioneering physician, Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, A Legacy of Women in Medicine is a brief introduction to the earliest practicing female physicians in Montgomery County, followed by a short series of autobiographical excerpts from young Montgomery County women who were fortunate enough to follow in Wilhite's footsteps to become the next generation of proud medical women. LWV of Montgomery County enjoyed a special screening of Marco Dees production. Others may view the film by clicking the image below.