Dr. Mary Walker The 1st Woman Medal of Honor Recipient
Dr. Mary Walker- 1st Woman Medal of Honor Winner
Mary Walker, M.D., (1832-1919) Physician and surgeon, was the first woman to receive the Medal of Honor for her heroic front line work in The Civil War.
Much ahead of her time, Dr. Walker, in 1855, was also one of the first women in the United States to earn a medical degree.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Dr. Walker volunteered to work on the Civil War battlefields caring for the wounded. Denied a commission as a medical officer because she was a woman, she volunteered anyway and eventually was appointed assistant surgeon of the 52nd Ohio Infantry.
Captured by the Confederates in 1864, she was exchanged only after she spent four months in a Richmond, Virginia prison.
The Early Days of Feminism
Dr. Walker lived a controversial life. She lectured throughout the United States and in Europe on women's rights, dress reform, health issues, and sexual and political equality. She tried to vote, but was turned away.
She rejected tight corsets and hooped dresses for the more practical pantsuits (pants, jackets, even a top hat) as a result she once found herself arrested in New York City for impersonating a man.
Humanitarian and Activist
She spoke against Imperialism, the Spanish-American War, and America's acquisition of colonies abroad. She worked for equal rights in all facets of life, from love and marriage to the workplace.
She was truly a Hero!
Women of Valor
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You are not our protectors. If you were, who would there be to protect us from? -M. Walker - to men