Leading Women in Medicine: The Early Years of AMWA and AWH

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) was founded in 1915 as the Medical Women’s National Association (MWNA). MWNA’s president, Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, subsequently established the War Service Committee to register female medical workers, raise funds, and develop plans for service in Europe, adopting the name American Women’s Hospitals (AWH) in recognition of the work of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals.

This exhibit explores the start of AWH at the end of World War I to the establishment of American Women’s Hospital #1 in France.

Women holding American Women’s Hospitals flags, circa 1917