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by OneTon

First Woman Dentist in Kentucky

December 1, 2010 in 1920s-30s, Intellectual history

The first woman dentist in Kentucky was born near Warsaw, Kentucky in 1842. This well educated young woman accomplished many obstacles before her death in 1922. Lucy Dupey Montiz had a midlife career change before committing herself to the study of dentistry. A wife, mother, school teacher, and finally a dentist, Mrs. Montiz showed determination as she became Kentucky’s first female dentist.

A graduate from the Cincinnati College of Dental Surgery, Mrs. Montiz, showed courage and an abundant amount of knowledge as she graduated with honors in 1889. Dentistry was primarily a career for males which is why Mrs. Montiz is such an incredible woman in the history of Kentucky. Her feat is more amazing by the fact that she was listed as Kentucky’s only female dentist at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

She was active in dentistry til 1921 and had to remove herself due to health reasons. She passed away a year later. Mrs. Lucy Dupey Montiz was a stunning woman, but was given few awards because of her gender. This author believes thanks is in order for all women who made great strives to better themselves and others around them!

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