Emily Dunning was born in Scarsdale, New York back in 1876 to Edwina and Frances. The family fell upon hard times so her father went to Europe to try and recoup his fortune. While he was away a friend suggested to her mother that Emil might become a milliner’s apprentice. According to Emily her mother said, “That settles the question. You are going to go to college.”
So off she went to Cornell University’s medical preparatory course. She earned her medical degree in 1901, scoring the second highest grad in the qualifying exam or internship at Gouverneur Hospital.
She married Benjamin in 1904. During WWI, she served as vice chair of the American Women’s Hospitals War Service Committee. She was an advocate of the women’s suffrage, working to improve medical education for women, public health and reforms for the treatment of imprisoned women. During WWII, she lobbied Congress to allow women doctors to serve as commissioned offiers in the Army Medical Reserve Corps. Congress passed the Sparkman Act in 1943, allowing women to serve. She died in 1961 at 84.
What you may not know about Emily Dunning Barringer, is that she was the world’s first female ambulance surgeon and the first woman to secure a surgical residency.
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