Women’s History Month

For the month of March we are highlighting the women who have been an integral part of chiropractic throughout its history. We have been featuring chiropractic women on our social media this month, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for daily posts about women in chiropractic history!

Here are some important women in chiropractic and resources to learn more about this fascinating topic!

The first female graduate of Palmer School of Chiropractic was J.C. Bowman who graduated January 9, 1899.

J.C. Bowman, from The Science of Chiropractic (1906)










Mabel Heath Palmer graduated in 1904, taught anatomy at the P.S.C. for many years, and even wrote the Chiropractic Anatomy textbook.

Mabel Heath Palmer



See our digital Mabel Palmer collection here!







Minora Paxson was among D.D. Palmer’s first students and went on to co-author the first chiropractic textbook, Modernized Chiropractic (Available to view in the archives!).

Minora Paxson, ca. 1901











We have collected a variety of resources on women in chiropractic in this libguide. 

Some resources include:

Chiropractic for Women and What Women Chiropractors Say

A Woman’s Appeal to Women by Mabel Palmer

The Profession for Women from Ross College of Chiropractic

Leading Ladies issue of Insights Magazine (Available in our digital collections!)

We have a timeline of Women in Chiropractic available to view in the reading room.

We also have a variety of photos of women in the field, memorabilia, materials from Sigma Phi Chi (the first women’s chiropractic organization), and much more!

















So come visit us on the first floor of the library, room L103 to learn more about women in chiropractic!

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