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There is a long history of women in dentistry.
- Unknown, 16th century: In an early copper engraving by "Lucas Van Leyden, a traveling dentist can be seen along with a woman acting as his assistant.
- 1907: Frances Dorothy Gray became Australia’s first female Bachelor of Dental Science graduate from the Australian College of Dentistry, University of Melbourne, in 1907.
- 1920: Maude Tanner became the first recorded female delegate to the "American Dental Association.
- 1921: During the annual meeting of the "American Dental Association (ADA), 12 female dentists met in Milwaukee and formed the Federation of American Women Dentists, now known as the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). AAWD's first president, M. Evangeline Jordan, was one of the first to limit her practice to children and was a founder of "pedodontics. She graduated from the University of California School of Dentistry in 1898.
- 1923: Anita Martin became the first woman inducted into the American dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
- 1946: Lilian Lindsay became the first female president of the "British Dental Association.
- 1951: Helen E. Myers of Lancaster, Pa., a 1941 graduate of Temple University, was commissioned as the U.S. "Army Dental Corps’ first female dental officer in 1951.
- 1975: On July 1, 1975, "Jeanne Sinkford became the first female dean of an American dental school when she was appointed the dean of "Howard University, School of Dentistry.
- 1977: The American Association of Dental Schools (founded in 1923 and renamed the "American Dental Education Association in 2000) had Nancy Goorey as its first female president in 1977.
- 1988: In 1988, the "American Student Dental Association elected its first female president, N. Gail McLaurin of the Medical University of South Carolina.
- 1991: Geraldine Morrow became the first female president of the "American Dental Association.
- 1997: Hazel J. Harper became the first female president of the [American] "National Dental Association.
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