Publications & Research

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

Laurie S. Sutherland, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy


Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is America's first and only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for Meritorious Service for her contributions to the American Civil War as a field surgeon. This article provides an overview of her life and many roles: surgeon, feminist, abolitionist, social reformer, suffragette, nonconformist and eccentric.