Surgery: no profession for a lady.

ANZ journal of surgery

PubMedID: 26602860

Neuhaus SJ. Surgery: no profession for a lady. ANZ J Surg. 2016;.
There are currently over 700 active female Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, accounting for just less than 10% of the surgical workforce. The first female Fellow of the College was Lillian Violet Cooper, of Queensland, who was admitted to Fellowship on 17 June 1927. Over the following half century, 32 women obtained Fellowships, initially awarded on the basis of experience and clinical practice and then, from 1947, by passing the Fellowship examination. This paper will examine the contribution of some of these early pioneer women, not just as surgeons, but as role models, advocates of women in professional life and champions of equality.