PA History Society Spotlights the Contributions of Female PAs During Women's History Month

March 30, 2021 1:30 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

Physician Assistant History Society

During Women’s History Month, the PA History Society has been featuring notable female PAs and their inspiring stories on its special exhibit webpage and on social media. 

Stories include (but are not limited to):

Catherine Dragon, a female PA in the early years of the profession 

Clara Vanderbilt, one of the first PAs to be trained in surgery

Karen Bass, the first PA to sit on the US House of Representatives

Pauline Gross, the second female PA to receive Colonel rank in the Army

Jacqueline Barnett, a PA educator and advocate for diversity in the profession

A new article located at the bottom of the exhibit page also features exciting news about Certified PA Hayley Arceneaux. Arceneaux is a bone cancer survivor and the youngest American to be going into space this October!  

Also, please check out the AAPA Women’s Interest Caucus article here to read about Evelyn Stead (the wife of Dr. Stead and an innovator!), and learn more about these PAs who are making history by making a difference outside the United States: Ruth BallwegKathy Pedersen and Dana Sayre-Stanhope.

As this month marked a year since the pandemic began, the PA History Society would like to send a huge thank you to all of the PAs who have continued to work relentlessly to treat and care for patients battling COVID-19.

For all things PA history, please visit our website and be sure to “like” PA History Society on Facebook to receive weekly updates, follow us on Twitter, and Instagram.

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