Acknowledging the Great Women in Our Lives


What woman inspires you?

What woman inspires you? Tell us about her.


Although at times it often has been challenging, women have played an important role in medicine and health care in general, and psychiatry in particular. With that in mind, in honor of Women’s History Month, Psychiatric TimesTM asked members of our Editorial Boards and our regular contributors to share their experiences with the wonderful women they have encountered.

Women’s History Month first began as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, legislation that authorized the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Then, in 1987, the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to pass Pub. L. 100-9, designating the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” From 1995 onward, presidents have issued proclamations setting aside the month of March as “Women’s History Month,” proclamations that highlight the contributions and achievements US women.1

Today, a collection of national organizations—the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—come together to celebrate the vital role of women in American history.

Psychiatric TimesTM is proud to join them in highlighting women’s astonishing achievements in psychiatry, medicine, and beyond—both big and small. The woman who inspires you might be a mentor, patient, educator, friend, saint, mother, leader, or maybe a combination of a few—and we want to hear about her. You can share your stories for consideration via email to

The contributions to this series have warmed our hearts, and we hope they will warm yours too.

Happy Women’s History Month!


1. Women’s History Month. Accessed March 1, 2022.

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