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Ann Arbor’s Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is currently presenting Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry, a new, temporary exhibit that showcases the extraordinary stories and challenges of independent minded women dentists.  
These women overcame significant obstacles entering a previously male-dominated profession -- and later, they pushed the field of dentistry forward with significant advances and lasting contributions to the profession.   
The inspiring stories of 23 women are featured in the exhibition. Some of the women featured include:
  • Dr. Lucy Beaman Hobbs, the first woman in the country to receive a dental degree (1866);
  • Dr. Clara MacNaughton, who was the first woman elected to an executive office (vice president) in the Michigan Dental Association (1887) and later became a key figure in the women’s suffrage movement in Washington, D.C., as she continued her dental practice;
  • Dr. Ida Gray, the first African-American woman to earn a dental degree and a U-M graduate in 1890;
  • Dr. Vida Latham, who graduated at the top of her medical class in Chicago and founded the American Association of Women Dentists;
  • Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, the first female dean of a dental school;
  • Dr. Geraldine Morrow, who in 1991 became the first woman president of the ADA.
Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry is located at the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, Kellogg Building, at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The exhibit is free. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, including making arrangements in advance for tours for donors and groups, contact Museum Curator Shannon O’Dell at or call 734-763-0767. More information can be found on the museum’s website at

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