The original new woman.

“I am the original new woman…Why, before Lucy Stone, Mrs.Bloomers, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony were— before they were, I am.”

Mary Edwards Walker, MD was a surgeon, abolitionist, prisoner of war, prohibitionist and a #badass during the 1800s.

Walker was the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor- awarded for her work in the Civil War as a surgeon. 

She attended Syracuse Medical College as a teenager, graduating with a doctor of medicine degree in 1855.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker proudly supported the struggle for women’s rights during the mid-nineteenth century. She wore the infamous “bloomer dress” before wearing men’s clothes and was often arrested for impersonating a man.