Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte


The Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Memorial Hospital in Walthill, Nebraska. Inset: Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Joelwnelson/licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license, inset pubic domain

Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American woman to earn a medical degree. She lived at a time when a lot of change was happening in the United States as a whole, and among Native Americans and the Omaha tribe she was part of specifically.

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Topics in this Podcast: 19th century, U.S. history, 20th century, Native American history, women in STEM, women, biographies, medical history