Medical Women's International Association

The Medical Women's International Association is a non-governmental organization founded in 1919 with the purpose of representing female physicians worldwide. Esther Lovejoy was its first president.[1] The Association grew from an international meeting of medical women attending a YWCA meeting in America and a group of medical women in Britain, notably Dr Jane Walker.[2] Dr. Ida Kahn was one of the Chinese representatives at the International Conference of Medical Women (1919).[3]

Dr. Li Bi Leu, Dr. Dau Se Zals, Dr. Ida Kahn (l-r) at the First International Conference of Medical Women (1919)
The 1948 chairperson Anna Charlotte Ruys (left) with the founding ex-chair Esther Pohl Lovejoy (right)

In 1954, the International Association of Medical Women promoted the realization of the first Congress of Medical Women, its president Ada Chree Reid visited Madrid and Barcelona, in this city she was received by the gynecologist Marina Soliva Corominas and a group of Catalan female doctors.[4]


  1. ^ "History - The Medical Women's International Association (MWIA)". Retrieved 2015-08-19.
  2. ^ May Dickinson Berry, F. (15 March 1924). "Medical Women's Organizations. With Special Reference To The Medical Women's International Association". British Medical Journal. 1 (3298): 136–7. JSTOR 20436086.
  3. ^ The Woman's Medical Journal (February 1896). The Woman's Medical Journal. Vol. 5 (Public domain ed.). Recorder Publishing Company.
  4. ^ "The World Congress of Women Doctors" (PDF). Hemeroteca La Vanguardia. Retrieved 2021-03-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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