Historically, women have been underrepresented and unrecognized in Western society’s timeline of scientific discovery and medical innovation despite their contributions to the field. This trend slowly began to shift when the first wave of female medical graduates in the mid-1850s spurred an influx of women pursuing careers in medicine whose research contributions not only saved countless lives but also changed the course of modern medicine. In honor of Women’s History Month, CMHC spotlights notable female medical professionals whose historic contributions helped shape the practice of medicine and pave the way for future generations of women in the cardiometabolic specialty.
In a field typically dominated by men, women comprise only one-third of scientific researchers and only 13% of cardiologists yet their critical research contributions and historical innovations continue to shape the practice of cardiometabolic medicine. As a celebration of Women’s History Month, CMHC is spotlighting five female pioneers in the field of cardiovascular health whose contributions broke down barriers to entry paving the way for future generations of women while enhancing global heart health and standards of patient care.