Nominations are now open for the prestigious Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award.
Lucy Hobbs Taylor was born on March 14, 1833 in Constable, New York. In 1859, she moved to Cincinnati, intending to become a dentist. When she was refused admission to dental school, she began a private program of study with a professor from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.
After studying dentistry, Lucy Hobbs Taylor started her own practice in Cincinnati in 1861. In 1865, she finally gained some professional recognition when she was allowed to join the Iowa State Dental Society. That November, she entered the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, where she soon earned her doctorate in dentistry, becoming the first woman in the U.S. to do so.
In honor of Lucy Hobbs Taylor, each year AAWD presents a Lucy Hobbs Taylor award to a woman dentist who:
Has made outstanding individual achievements in civic, cultural, academic and professional areas.
Exhibits role model qualities that positively reflect the image of women dentists and commitment to the profession.
Is an AAWD member in good standing.
To download a nomination form, click here. Nominations are due by June 2, 2014 and the winner will be notified by AAWD Headquarters.