Harriot Hunt, pioneer for American women in the field of medicine, was born on November 9, 1805.


Harriot Kezia Hunt, a homeopathic doctor, campaigned for women’s suffrage and for women to be admitted to medical schools. Harriot applied multiple times unsuccessfully to attend Harvard Medical School, starting in 1847. Harvard Medical School admitted women for the first time nearly 100 years later, in 1945.

Harriot Hunt is one of the suffragists featured in the first Ask a Suffragist book, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists, launching in Spring 2019.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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Harriot Hunt, pioneer for American women in the field of medicine, was born on November 9, 1805.