June: Honoring Female Physicians Suffragettes in the Medical Field
Mary Gamble Cummins
Former NJ resident, Dr. Mary Gamble Cummins, born in 1869 and died on Aug 19, 1943. Dr. Cummins was an associate member of the staff at St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, NJ, a member of the NJ State Homeopathic Medical Society and NJ State Medical Association, and an associate of the alumnae society of the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women. She was the first woman appointed to the Paterson Board of Education, and gave a course on sex education at the Paterson Young Women's Christian Association.
In a 1914 letter to Lucy Stone, Lillian Feickert praised Dr. Cummins as a very effective president of the Woman Suffrage League of Patterson. On April 29-May 1, 1915, she participated in a three-day automobile tour; the first of many held throughout New Jersey. She was listed as a New Jersey Women Suffrage Association delegate present at the 48th Convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association held September 1916 in Atlantic City, NJ. As of 1919, she was an executive committee member of the New Jersey Suffrage Ratification Committee. She regularly attended suffrage rallies in NJ and Washington, DC.
A 1920 history of Paterson (the most comprehensive source of information on the doctor) spoke of her large practice and said of Dr. Cummins, “She combines with her professional activities those of a public-spirited citizen, associating herself intimately with suffrage.”
Learn more about Dr. Cummins by reading this Biographical Sketch written by Melissa Ziobro. Read about many other physicians and suffragists from across the United States at the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) online exhibit.