Women of Michigan

There are women from Michigan who were firsts’ and onlys’. Here a just a few:

Frances Elliott Davis, from Detroit, was the first African-American nurse to be officially accepted to the American Red Cross in 1916.

Charlotte Plummer Owen, from Ann Arbor, was the only woman to be a guest conductor for the U.S. Marine Band in 1945 and 1993.

In 1970, Cornelia Kennedy, from Detroit, became the first woman to be a federal judge.

Living from 1848 until 1943, L. Anna Ballard was Lansing’s first female medical doctor.


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