International Women's Day at Medical Center Barbour

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day for celebrating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. At Medical Center Barbour, women make up a huge number of our workforce, with over half of the employees here being female.

At MCB, we are not an anomaly, as women have driven 80% of the overall growth in the booming health care field since the turn of the century.

By far, the largest health care occupation in the United States is registered nurses, with over 2.4 million workers, followed by nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (1.2 million). Women make up more than 85% of workers in both of these large occupations.

There are about 763,000 physicians and surgeons working full-time, year-round, and about a third of those are women. Great strides have been taken in the healthcare industry by some intelligent and illustrious women over the years, and the women who came before have opened the door for women to be successful today.

Below are five notable women who have blazed a path in healthcare and medicine so that women in this day and age can follow their dreams in the field:

  1. Metrodora Women have been completely dominating the medical field for a long, long time. As a matter of fact, Metrodora was dominating way back in 200-400 AD when she wrote the oldest medical book known to be written by a woman, On the Diseases and Cures of Women. Her book was referenced frequently by other medical writers during the ancient Greek and Roman times and was used in Medieval Europe as well. Metrodora, who was a Greek physician, is known to be the first female medical writer.

  2. Elizabeth Blackwell Known as the first female doctor in the United States, Elizabeth Blackwell didn't always have dreams of being a doctor. In fact, the idea completely repulsed her, but when her dying friend told her she would have been spared her worst suffering if her physician had been a woman, Blackwell decided to go into medicine. Blackwell graduated from New York’s Geneva Medical College in January 1849, and also co-founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.

  3. Clara Barton After serving as a nurse in the American Civil War, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881, and by 1882, the U.S. ratified the Geneva Conventions — laws that, to this day, protect the war-wounded and civilians in conflict zones. This later resulted in a U.S. congressional charter, officially recognizing Red Cross services.

  4. Mary Putnam Jacobi Jacobi received her MD degree from the