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Woman of the Week: Matilde Montoya
In addition to weekly world celebrations, Bridge Club members also presented a Woman of the Week. Every Friday, a Bridge Club member would tell a brief story of one courageous woman in history. This week’s Woman of the Week is Mexican physician Matilde Montoya.
Born in 1859 in Mexico City, young Matilde worked as a midwife and surgeon’s assistant. Although women were generally not allowed to officially study medicine, she gained entry to a program and became the first Mexican woman to get a medical degree, along with a PhD. Her areas of expertise were in surgery and obstetrics. Matilde Montoya paved the way for other women to study and make careers in the field of medicine.