Karen Clancy, faculty member in the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences partnered with the Nunn Center to conduct 25 oral history with the first women to graduate from the UK College of Medicine between 1964-1975. This project documents perspectives and memories of women who graduated from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine during the 1960’s and early 1970’s, when women doctors comprised only six to ten percent of the physician workforce. These women were trailblazers who successfully pursued professional careers, defined their own domestic roles, and brought a new dimension to medicine. They became leaders of medical associations, chairs of academic departments, discoverers and scientists, and givers of compassionate and innovative care in their communities.
The Women in White: Women Physicians Oral History Project has recently been indexed and is available online via SPOKEdb, the Nunn Center’s online repository. To learn more check out a recent article about the project by Oliva Ramirez.