Arguments for equality in dentistry and in life #tbt #WomensEqualityDay

The blog is part of a series paying tribute to pioneers in dentistry. Celebrate changemaking women in dentistry at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration, set for October 3-5 at The Blackstone in Chicago. Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

I am writing this post on August 26, #WomensEqualityDay. It’s the 99th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, that gave women the right to vote. Today, I’m focusing on a few voices that advocated for and against allowing women to practice dentistry. There were many against, but only a few brave souls who felt women were equal to men and that dentistry was a place where women could excel.

Sarah Grimke, Early Suffragette
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I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask our brethren is that they will take their feet off our necks. – Sarah Grimke, early suffragette.

Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor

The Dental Times Dispute

If you follow The Lucy Hobbs Project, you’re familiar with the story of Lucy Hobbs, the young woman who sought a career as a dentist, but was constantly denied entrance to dental school based solely on her gender. This was common across a range of educational institutes; law schools, medical schools, and dental schools, among others, frequently denied women admittance to their programs.

Dental Times

Around the same time Lucy Hobbs was finishing up her dental studies in Ohio, a dispute was brewing in Pennsylvania between the pages of The Dental Times, featuring arguments both for and against allowing women to be dentists.

The 1866, Volume III, Number 4 issue of The Dental Times featured two articles, one advocating for women in dentistry, and the other arguing they are “not fitted physically for such taxing work”.

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The first article is the Valedictory address of James Truman, DDS, dean of the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery from 1865-1876. In it, he states:

The recognition of the right of every human being to an equal share in the privileges that we enjoy, has not yet become a principle of faith and practice, as I think it should. We say to one-half of the human family, stitch, stitch, darn stockings, make shoes for a shilling, stand behind counters for two or three dollars per week, do anything, but don’t enter the sacred precincts that we have marked out for our peculiar benefit…Talent is of no sex, color or clime…

This thought was revolutionary for the time and Dr. Truman knew it.

…It may be that I stand alone in these views, both with the Faculty of this College and the audience; but I trust not, as in my judgement, the advancement of the world depends, to a large extent, upon their adoption.

The Opposing View

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Within the same scientific journal, there came the opposing view, with the glaring title, “Dental Surgery – Should Females Practice It?” Its author, Dr. George T. Barker, editor of The Dental Times, emphatically believed women were not suited for the physical rigors of dentistry.

Dr. Barker states, in part:

Should females be encouraged to enter the dental profession? I contend they should not, and it is with no disrespect that the assertion is made. The same reason holds good against females practicing dentistry that it does against a feeble male, for the reasons as previously stated. The very form and structure of a woman unfit her for its duties…

By 1872, three women were admitted to the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery; however, after completing the first year, they were not allowed to return because they were women. When that occurred, there was a dissenting vote by a member of the faculty. The matter then was brought to a committee of members of the board, who rendered the decision that “a student could not be cast out without due cause.” In 1874, two of the three women graduated from the college. Obviously some agreed with Dean Truman, regarding women in dentistry.

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On this #WomensEqualityDay, we are glad that more and more people are of the mind of Dr. Truman rather than Dr. Barker. Here’s to more women in dentistry and to the pioneers, like Lucy Hobbs Taylor, Henriette Hirschfeld, and others who defied convention to become dentists.

Next year, the 19th Amendment turns 100! Here’s to more “firsts” for women!

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

Dr. Charmaine Ng is a Woman to Watch in dentistry

This fall, the Lucy Hobbs Project will host its 7th annual Celebration honoring women in dentistry. The event, hosted in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists on October 3-5, 2019 at The Blackstone, Chicago will feature a lineup of inspirational and insightful guest speakers and panelists in line with the theme, Mind+Body+Spirit and close with a give back session to benefit the nonprofit organization Let It Be Us. (Register today:  https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/ )

Expect to be wowed.

Each year, though, the Celebration’s high point cannot be matched by any of these spectacular speakers and events. When The Lucy Hobbs Project Awards are presented to six indomitable women who are reshaping the profession of dentistry, awe-inspiring moments ensue.

As the applause dies down and each person is introduced, those in attendance have an opportunity to view the change one person can affect in the world.
This year, one of those changemakers is Charmaine Ng, DMD, recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Project Woman to Watch Award.

Ready to be inspired by Charmaine Ng, DMD?

Most of Dr. Charmaine Ng’s patients are experiencing homelessness or struggling with other barriers to quality healthcare; she aims to restore tooth function and self-confidence through dentistry, while providing integrated care.

To meet the needs of the underserved in her community, Dr. Ng created a dental program, HealthRIGHT360, in San Francisco, California. As the Founding Dental Director, she developed a whole body, integrated care approach that utilized the dental, medical, medical assisted therapy (MAT), and behavioral health services on site after early years dedicated to volunteerism.

What fueled her passion for giving back?

As an undergraduate student at University of California San Diego, Charmaine Ng dedicated her efforts with a student-run free dental clinic, and this passion for service led her to A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health to pursue a career in dentistry. Inspired by her educational experience, she continued to serve on the School’s alumni board for six years after graduation.

By engaging in local community health committees and the San Francisco Dental Society, she gathered data and assessed the needs of the community to expand HealthRIGHT360’s clinical site and also the scope of the practice to children who have limited access to dental care.

Dr. Ng is an American College of Dentists’ Fellow 2019 

Meet Dr. Ng and hear more about her incredible journey at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration! Bring the whole team. Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Balance your body and mind at #LHP19 with Anelody Tice

Dentistry takes its toll on the body. If an expert offered to help your body restore its physical, emotional, mental and physiological balance and retain it through movement, touch and music, would you try it?

Anelody Tice grew up studying ballet. From the age of 5, she enjoyed the movement and creativity of dance. As an adult she found the same passion with Yoga and Pilates and continued to learn about the body while studying Massage, Craniosacral and Visceral Therapy. The past 15 years have brought her to culminate experiences and skills into an integrated approach to help people seeking health.

She’ll share her unique take on therapeutic movement this fall at an event that celebrates women in dentistry.

Anelody Tice, LMP, CCST will lead a session in this powerful #GyroKinetic way of working out. She’ll share easy home exercises to keep you energized, strong and balanced at the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration on October 3-5 The Blackstone in Chicago.

Join her and 9 more incredible speakers, earn 4 CE credits & celebrate women in dentistry at this event with the theme Mind+Body+Soul! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Want to register and attend?

Learn more about this incredible event: https://us.dental-tribune.com/c/benco-dental-company-usa/news/https-us-dental-tribune-com-login-logged_outtrue/

Earn 4 CE credits and celebrate women in dentistry! Register: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/be…/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Maintaining Mind+Body+ Soul while in the Windy City

Staying healthy while traveling is possible. Sometimes, though, even the best intentions to workout don’t come to fruition.
In planning for your Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration trip to Chicago this fall, take at look at the fitness center at The Blackstone as well as other outdoor areas where you can enjoy what Chicago has to offer while making your wellness intentions a reality.

The Blackstone offers a 24-hour fitness center for guests.

The Blackstone, an iconic downtown Chicago hotel where the 7th annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry with the theme Mind+Body+Soul will take place Oct. 3-5 ( Register today ! ), offers a fitness center (shown above) open 24 hours a day. No matter your schedule is, the fitness center fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and free weights accommodates.

“The expansive space, large number of equipment options, sweeping park/lake views, and graffiti walls provide an enjoyable and inspiring workout experience to our guests. Also, the graffiti walls are decorated with motivational quotes from sports legends and array of iconic Chicago sports team memorabilia.”

Clare Saviski, Marketing Director at The Blackstone.

4 ways to fit wellness into your trip

Lakefront trail, along the Lake Michigan coast in Chicago, offers plenty of incentive to be active.

A two block walk from the hotel: Lakefront trail (shown at top and above) and Grant Park (below), nestled between the city and Lake Michigan.

  1. Lakefront trail, an 18-mile long path, runs along the Lake Michigan coast. This trail runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park. The trail is open to cyclists, runners and walkers who want to enjoy views the area has to offer.
Just two blocks from The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration: Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain.

2. Grant Park features various art installations, sculptures and Buckingham Fountain to enjoy and hosts many sports and fitness opportunities.

Ready for lakefront recreation? Maggie Daley Park is one for all seasons.

3. Maggie Daley Park (above) a lakefront recreation center, offers an ice-skating ribbon in the winter, roller-blading space in the summer and two rock-climbing structures.

4. Hutchinson Field at the southern end of Grant Park houses a dozen baseball and softball fields and offers a large open area for events.

Utilizing The Blackstone’s offerings, as well as the trails and parks only a few blocks away, can help you stay healthy and energized throughout the celebration in October!

The skinny on the Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration #LHP19, which honors six women in dentistry and feature CNN’s Poppy Harlow.

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, Continuing Education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members – and all women in dentistry—to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
Grant Park (above), is nestled between the city and Lake Michigan.

Ready to register for Mind+Body+Soul at The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago?

To register for the event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

#LHP19 Celebration will honor six women in dentistry and feature CNN’s Poppy Harlow

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.

When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, Poppy Harlow hosts the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow” with guests including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist (shown above, interviewing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry.

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry. Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practice and themselves.”

Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental


As a highpoint of the three-day event, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:


Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, Continuing Education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members – and all women in dentistry—to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open.

To attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, host a regional event, or take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com.

Free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project invites women in dentistry women to use their voices as a force for change. To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.lucyhobbscelebration.com

Celebrate Wellness Together With Your Entire Dental Team in October #LHP19

The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration is a perfect retreat for your dental team. Learn how to incorporate wellness concepts to build happier, more productive and engaged teams.
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For special group pricing, email ariviello@benco.com.

Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

Details: https://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

In addition to honoring six inspirational women in the dental profession, earn 3 Continuing Education credits and benefit from guest speakers, panel discussions and more.

Want to attend The Lucy Hobbs Project 7th Annual Celebration?

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
CE Credits: 3
Theme: What: Mind+Body+Soul, Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work
Ticket price: $199.00
Accomodation details: To extend your stay at The Blackstone Hotel, there is a Lucy Hobbs group rate of $255.00 plus tax per night (subject to availability).

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Register today: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

What can you expect from this year’s event?

  • Hear From Diverse Leaders Who Understand Your Challenges.Running a thriving, rewarding practice means making yourself a priority. You can’t fully show up for your team as an effective and inspiring leader if you’re not in peak mental, emotional and physical health. Our panel of experts includes women who live your challenges everyday: successful practitioners, specialists, hygienists, office managers and more. Because it’s not about living up to unrealistic goals, it’s about becoming the best you.
  • Discover Ways To Practice For Optimum Body Health.The physical demands of dentistry can be punishing – and the effects only worsen as we age. But you can take steps now to improve your posture and ergonomics, whether you’re a dentist constantly hunched over patients, or an office manager too busy to leave your desk. Speakers will open your eyes to the latest techniques for being more mindful of your body and including more healthy motion in your day.
  • Get Real With Fun Solutions For Feeding Yourself & Family.Busy lives demand energy. But chances are, you’re not only fueling yourself, but family too. When the pressure’s on, it’s easy to compromise for the sake of convenience. A cooking and nutrition panel will help you live better through realistic tricks for incorporating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day…even when time is tight. From recipe planning to meal prep,  take away valuable tips you can use as soon as you get home.

About The Lucy Hobbs Project


The national, long-term program, powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, helps women in dentistry use their voices as a force for change. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it supports the following pillars: innovation, networking, and giving back. To learn more, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: http://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

Benco Dental’s Lucy Hobbs Project hosts three February events in Midwest

Inspiring speakers, the latest in dental technologies, innovative agendas – The Lucy Hobbs Project invites members of the dental community to experience these at three February events where they can make a difference in their careers, communities and the lives of their patients.

In the Midwest next month, free events will be hosted on the regional and collegiate level; registration is currently open.

“The Lucy Hobbs Project is dedicated to offering diverse events across the country,” said Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental. “Whether it be on campus, to connect with students, in collaboration with dentists, to discuss relevant issues or within networking opportunities, to bring colleagues together, our mission is to keep the conversation going and drive dentistry forward.”

Powered by Benco Dental, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back.

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FEBRUARY 7 in DUBLIN, OHIO: 
An evening of educational discussion will focus on The Opioid Crisis: What We Don’t Fix Cannot Heal, along with efforts of addiction prevention being made statewide. Phing Saurer, DDS, PhD will serve as emcee for a Lucy Hobbs Project Regional Event at Brick House Blue, 6605 Longshore Street, Suite 240, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Lucy Hobbs Humanitarian Award recipient Sharon Parsons, DDS, will discuss the importance of prevention and opioid harm. Speaker and activist Dr. Parsons founded the nonprofit “A Voice for Sean” for opioid addiction education and advocacy after the loss of her adult son, Sean, to an opioid overdose. A raffle of prizes will benefit “A Voice For Sean.” Dinner and refreshments will be provided and the top 15 nominees in the Columbus area will receive dental support awards. Attendees will earn 1.5 Continuing Education credits while learning and giving back. Register today: Click here.

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  • FEBRUARY 7 in DETROIT, MICHIGAN: A keynote discussion, Giving It Your Heart, aims to inspire dental and hygiene students and dental alumnae from Detroit Mercy to ignite their passions for the profession. This Lucy Hobbs Project YOU Event, hosted in collaboration with University of Detroit Mercy will take place from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m., at the Detroit Mercy Dental Corktown Campus Special Functions Room, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Detroit, Michigan 48208. Attendees will gain insight from Professor Pamela Zarkowski, JD, MPH, BSDH, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University. Desserts and networking are also on the menu. Register today: Click here.

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  • FEBRUARY 21 in CHICAGO, ILLINOIS:  An evening of cocktails and networking at the Riff Music Lounge (3rd Floor) – a Meet-up – will celebrate the formal announcement of the 2019 Lucy Hobbs Project Annual Celebration. Attendees can expect free transportation from the Chicago Midwinter meeting to the venue, 2239 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60616, along with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, reach out to Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com. Register today: Click to register.

Want to get involved?

To host a regional event, take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, or attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com.

About The Lucy Hobbs Project


The national, long-term program, powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, helps women in dentistry use their voices as a force for change. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others. Free to join, it supports the following pillars: innovation, networking, and giving back. To learn more, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: http://thelucyhobbsproject.com/

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental, headquartered in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is the largest privately-owned dental distributor in the United States, offering a full array of supplies, equipment and services to dentists across the nation.  Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family-owned and focused on its unique mission to “deliver success, smile after smile.” Within the past 88 years, the company has grown from a single downtown location to a national network that includes five distribution centers, and three design showrooms.  Benco, which has been named one of Fortune Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma for the past three years, one of the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year, and Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work® for 12 of the past 14 years, is proud to feature a highly skilled team of more than 400 professionally trained sales representatives and over 300 factory-trained service technicians. For more information, visit benco.com or call 1.800.GO.BENCO.

 

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Women in dentistry: Share your story for a chance to win. #lhpshareyourstory

Last year Dr. Winifred J. Booker (shown) earned The Lucy Hobbs Project Humanitarian Award. Here’s HER story: “By teaching oral health in schools, we’re putting children on the right path to daily care. I’m proud to share ‘Lessons in a Lunchbox’ with my peers to make a difference, one healthy smile at a time,” says Dr. Winifred J. Booker. […]