In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s blog post is attributed to Mabel and some of her accomplishments!
Mabel Sarah Heath was born June 5, 1881 in Milan, Illinois. She met Dr. B.J. Palmer while she was attending Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and they were married in 1904. She became a doctor of chiropractic one year later in 1905.
Mabel served as the Palmer treasurer and business manager, and later she began teaching Anatomy and wrote one of the Green Books on the subject after studying anatomy and dissection in Chicago.
She was known as The First Lady of Chiropractic and the “sweetheart of the profession”. She promoted gender equality and encouraged women to join the profession. She formed the Sigma Phi Chi sorority in 1911. Mabel was elected international president of the Quota Club, which was the first international women’s club and was made up of professional women. Quota is a Latin word that means “A share of one part to a whole”.
Their motto was “We Share” and their slogan was “Quietly Utilizing Our Total Ability”.
She died in 1949, and was posthumously named a distinguished Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 2006. Mabel Palmer played a huge part in women’s role in Chiropractic history and we thank her for that!!