Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Who is Rebecca Lee Crumpler?

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Rebecca Lee Crumpler was a pioneering African-American physician who made significant contributions to the field of medicine and healthcare access.

Early Life and Education

Notable Achievements

Accomplishment Description
Medical Pioneer She is the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States.
Author She published "A Book of Medical Discourses" in 1883, one of the earliest medical publications.
Healthcare Accessible Advocated for health equity and addressed disparities in healthcare access and quality.
Resilience Overcame significant racial and gender barriers to become a doctor.


Rebecca Lee Crumpler's accomplishments and advocacy continue to inspire and influence the field of medicine today. Her pioneering spirit, dedication to serving the underserved, and commitment to health justice leave a lasting legacy that lasts generations. Today, less than 5% of African Americans are in the medical field.