Women currently make up nearly half of all dental students and 25% of practicing dentists. Before the 1970s, however, only 3% of dentists were women. Independent-minded women broke cultural norms and struggled to obtain degrees, establish practices, and be respected as professionals.
I like the individual displays of the very accomplished women in their different areas of expertise.U-M Graduate Student Visitor, April 2013
Here are four women who changed the face of dentistry. Click on each name or photo to learn more about these impressive dentists.
Clara W. MacNaughton
Vida Annette Latham
Leonie von Zesch
Jeanne C. Sinkford
We like the fact that women within our own university are highlighted within the exhibit [and] that women from diverse backgrounds were emphasized.U-M Gradutate Student Visitor, April 2013
Click here to view an interactive timeline about the history of women dentists.
This online exhibit features only a small portion of the material in our Women Dentists Exhibit. Watch for future updates on these topics:
- The four women profiled above, and other impressive women in dentistry
- Are women fit for dentistry?
- Women dentists in the military
- Minority women dentists
- Choosing a dental specialization
- Women's dental organizations
To view this and other exhibits, visit the museum in the Kellogg Building on the University of Michigan campus. Click here for directions to the museum.