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Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Featured Women

Marion J. Finkel: Leader in Orphan Product Development

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Her work on the regulation of generic drugs and products for rare diseases helped make valuable treatments more available.

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Sharon Smith Holston: Administrative Leadership in Vital Agency Initiatives

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She made lasting contributions in the areas of equal employment opportunity, agency management, and international programs.

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Frances Oldham Kelsey: Medical reviewer famous for averting a public health tragedy

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Her vigilance and insistence on proof of safety prevented marketing of thalidomide in the U.S.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein: Early role in polio vaccine research

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She conducted research that helped make polio and other vaccines safer and later served as deputy associate commissioner for science.

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Susan Ellenberg: Statistician with a commitment to product safety and efficacy

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Her work during the AIDS epidemic helped speed approval of new treatments.

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Imogene Gollinger: First Female Field Inspector

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Hired after the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, her role as an FDA inspector was a harbinger of expanded career opportunities for women.

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Jane Henney: Physician and Commissioner of Food and Drugs

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She was FDA’s first female Commissioner during an era of increased representation of women in the FDA workforce, including in leadership roles.

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Effie Alberta Read: Pioneer in the Laboratory

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One of the few women in the Bureau of Chemistry, she was noted for developing a method to detect adulterated teas.

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Mattie Rae Spivey Fox: Diet and Nutrition Researcher

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Her work in researching the role of trace minerals and toxins in the diet was known around the world.

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Ruth deForest Lamb: FDA’s First Chief Educational Officer

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As FDA’s education officer, she was a strong advocate for consumers and a stronger federal food and drug statute.

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Mary Engle Pennington: The “Cold Chain” of Food Safety

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Head of the Bureau of Chemistry’s Food Research Lab in the first years after passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act.

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