Today, approximately half of all New Zealand medical graduates are women. However, it wasn’t always this way. The first woman to graduate from a New Zealand medical school was Dr Emily Siedeberg in 1896, followed by Dr Margaret Cruickshank in 1897. Each year for the next twenty years there were only 1-2 women graduates.

We are collecting stories about New Zealand’s early female doctors, so that we can preserve our earliest medical history.

Explore this website to read about our country’s pioneering women in medicine.

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