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Firsts for Vanderbilt Women

Alphabetical by Name | Chronological by Year

Allen, Clara Marie Weber - First woman to receive L.L.B. degree, 1919

Beard, Louise Allen - One of two first women to graduate from Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1929

Bowen, Barbara - First woman to chair a department (French and Italian) in the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Sciences, 1987

Bowie, Anna Mary - First woman faculty member in the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1922

Bowie, Thelma Byrd - One of two first women to graduate from Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1929

Briskey, Lauren - First woman Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer (Administration), 1999-2009.

Brown, Anna - First Vanderbilt Alumna to be elected Phi Beta Kappa, 1902

Chandler, Joan - First African-American woman department head (director of materials distribution) in Medical Center, 1983

Cuninggim, Margaret - First woman to hold the title of dean for student life at Vanderbilt, 1973

Cutter, Emma B. - One of two first faculty women at Peabody, 1875

Dailey, Darlene - One of two first African-American women to graduate from Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1978

Daughtrey, Martha Craig - First faculty woman at Vanderbilt Law School, 1972. First woman judge in Tennessee (Associate Justice, Court of Criminal Appeals), 1975.

Davis, Henrietta Rose - First woman Director of Personnel, 1977.

Earle, Imogene Phelps - First woman to earn Ph.D. (Biochemistry) at Vanderbilt, 1929

Edwards, Francis - First woman elected president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association, 1985. (BSN, 1953; MSN, 1976)

Fischer, Charlotte - First woman tenured in Vanderbilt School of Engineering, 1980

Fluker, Sharon - First African-American woman to become an assistant dean of the Vanderbilt Graduate School, 1987

Freeman, Betty - First woman editor of The Hustler, 1942

Gilbreth, Christine Marie - First woman to graduate from Vanderbilt Dental School, 1918

Gray, Susan - Founder and first director of the Peabody Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education, 1966

Haggard, Mary W. - First woman named university registrar at Vanderbilt, 1913

Higgs, Mary Egerton (Skipp) - First woman editor of University Publications, 1977. First director of University Publications, 1978

Holliday, Bertha - First African-American faculty member of Peabody College, 1979

Hunnicutt, Martha E. - First woman winner of the Founder's Medal, 1900

Ingram, Martha R. - First woman to serve as chairman of the Board of Trust, 1999-2011.

Jones, Janice - One of two first African-American woman to graduate from Vanderbilt Medical School, 1978

Jones, Vera Jane - First woman to receive B.E. from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, 1945

Kachelhoffe, Susie C. - First woman to earn Bachelor of Divinity at Vanderbilt, 1930

Karzon, Allaire Urban - First woman to become tenured at Vanderbilt Law School, 1983

Katahn, Enid - First woman professor at Blair School of Music (professor of piano), 1986

Lee, Eve - First African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt (German), 1974

Loomis, Dorothy Bethurum - First woman editor of The Commodore, 1919

Lupton, Kate - First woman to receive a Vanderbilt degree (Master of Arts), 1879

McFague, Sallie - First woman dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School and first woman dean of a theological school in the United States, 1975

Martin, Amelia Baskervill - One of the first three undergraduate women elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt, 1902

Maslin, Martha Maney - One of the first three undergraduate women elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt, 1902

Mauksch, Ingebord - First woman awarded an endowed chair at Vanderbilt (Valere Potter Distinguished Professor of Nursing), 1976

Means, Marie Hackle - First woman to earn a Ph.D. from Peabody, 1919

Paschall, Annie - First woman to receive an entering scholarship at Vanderbilt, 1891

Pierce, Pat - First woman director of Vanderbilt Opportunity Development Center, 1981

Poindexter, Portia - First African-American woman to be awarded a graduate degree at Vanderbilt (M.A.T. in History), 1968

Perdue, Bobbi - First African-American woman to graduate from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, 1970

Quarterman, Elsie - First woman Chair (Department of General Biology), 1964

Ransom, Nancy - First director of the Vanderbilt Women's Center, 1978

Rhea, Linda - First woman to earn a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt, 1933.

Sears, Julia - One of two first faculty women at Peabody, 1875

Shafer, Kim - First woman elected president of the Vanderbilt Student Government Association, 1978

Stahlman, Mildred - First woman to chair the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate, 1974

Stapleton, Ada Belle - First dean of women and first woman appointed professor of English at Vanderbilt, 1925

Titus, Shirley C. - First dean of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, 1930

Tuttle, Daisy - One of the first three undergraduate women elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Vanderbilt, 1902

Werthen, Mary Jane - First woman on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, 1964

Wolfe, Marice - First woman named University Archivist at Vanderbilt, 1973

Wynn, Lillian - First African-American to graduate from the Vanderbilt Divinity School, 1980

Zibart, Ruth G. - First woman named associate dean of the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Sciences, 1973