The North Carolina Medical Society salutes our women members!

This is just the fourth National Women Physicians Day, on February 3. The event celebrates Elizabeth Blackwell’s birthday; she was the first female medical doctor in the U.S. It’s a time to honor women doctors across the country, and the progress they’ve made since Blackwell’s time. Nationally, there are still fewer female doctors than male doctors, but the progress is steady. In 2017, for the first time in history, women made up more than half of all those in medical schools.

Here is a fun timeline of Women physicians throughout history:


  1. Thank your physician!

    If you see a female doctor, thank her for her work. Make sure she knows you appreciate the time and care she provides.

  2. Post to social media

    Get on Twitter or Facebook and share stories and/or history of women doctors. Use #NationalWomenPhysiciansDay or #WomenPhysiciansDay.

  3. Binge-watch your favorite women doctors

    From Dr. Quinn to Dr. Meredith Grey, TV has given us well-rounded, strong, smart women we can look up to in the medical profession. Grab a bowl of popcorn and take the journey with them.