Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.
Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:
“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.”
After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.
Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.
“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”
Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.
Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.
Thirty-one days. Not nearly enough time to spotlight every woman in history who has sacrificed, pioneered, challenged, innovated, mentored and made today possible. Women’s History Month does provide the impetus to honor them, learn more ( https://womenshistory.si.edu/ ) and most importantly, continue the path of positive reinforcement. The Lucy Hobbs Project does this through the community of dentistry. Annually, […]
Dedication and gratitude — qualities Youstina Youssef, a dental student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine says the white coat she wears in the photo above, signify in her life.
“This white coat symbolizes not only my dedication to this profession, but also my gratitude for strong women who continue to push forward regardless of the walls set against them,” Youstina says.
“If you know me, you know that this photo here speaks wonders to my soul. On my left, the woman (Gehan Elsousi) who bore me, brought me into this world and introduced me to life. On my right, the grandest of mothers (Gamalat Tadrous). The one who helped raise me, helped mold me into the woman I am today. The tears that run down their faces are ones I’ll treasure for the rest of my days.”
A D.M.D. candidate in the class of 2020, Youstina shares her story #lhpshareyourstory and the legacy of determination that led her to the profession of dentistry.
“I imagine Lucy Hobbs experienced a similar sensation becoming the first female to graduate from a dental school. She was denied and rejected from numerous opportunities solely based on her gender. Yet, she relentlessly pursued her goal.
My story bears a similar spirit. My mother is a single mother. She sacrificed her comfort in Egypt to move to America and give me the best life she possibly could. Soon after marrying and having me in Egypt, she moved to the States with my father who had been living here. Unfortunately, she was sent back to Egypt to stay with her family not too long after for “financial reasons”.”
‘Stranded in a new land’
Youstina describes the intimidating path her mother Gehan Elsousi faced back then.
“Upon her return to America, she was not received at the airport, which left her stranded in a new land, with no knowledge of the English language or American culture, but most importantly, with a child in her arms. She picked herself up from rejection and pushed on.”
Her grandmother Gamalat Tadrous is no less heroic.
“Years later my grandmother decided to make a similar move and left behind her husband and five of her children to help raise me while my mother worked to support us. These two women have taught me a great deal about sacrifice and have ingrained in me the power of perseverance.”
Thankful for a welcome into the world of dentistry
Youstina received her invitation to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine less than 24 hours before orientation from Dr. Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, the school’s director of outreach, recruitment and admissions.
“Teary-eyed and full-hearted, I packed my bags and set off to chase my childhood dreams. And for that I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
Annually, Benco Dental pays tribute to the first woman in the U.S. to receive a dental degree – Dr. Lucy Hobbs — by honoring six pioneering women in the dental profession with an award created in her name: The Lucy Hobbs Project™ Awards.
At Benco’s annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration (Save the Date for October 3 – 5, 2019 in Chicago!), the dental community is invited to honor award recipients in six categories:
Woman to Watch: An up-and-coming leader who utilizes her position to create positive change,
Industry Icon: A trailblazer who is consistently recognized and admired for her work in dentistry,
Mentor: An advisor who recognizes the importance of supporting, educating and encouraging others,
Innovator: A groundbreaker who demonstrates a willingness to implement new technologies and business processes without fear of potential failure,
Humanitarian: An altruist who works tirelessly for a cause that benefits the well-being of others, and
Clinical Expert: A skillful practitioner who embraces advancements and integrates them into patient care.
Individuals and organizations are invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations are accepted.
Members of an initiative that supports women in dentistry are invited to give back this month. The Lucy Hobbs Project members are invited to help the Keep A Breast Foundation™ during the month of February with the purchase of dental products. With Valentine’s Day in mind, The Lucy Hobbs Projects shared an offer to its members […]
“THE 2018 AMERICAN Association of Women Dentists conference, held over three days in early October in lovely Savannah, Georgia, was titled “Proper Positioning: Align Yourself for Success”—and scores of female dental colleagues from around the country gathered to network, collaborate, grow, refresh—and, yes, align themselves for even greater achievements still ahead.” So says Dr. Kady Rawal […]
What an amazing day it was at The 6th Annual Lucy Hobbs Celebration in San Francisco. From inspiring keynotes and breakout sessions, to food, fun and new friendships, outstanding women in dentistry were the toast of the town! Lending a new perspective to the profession, women continue to impact dentistry in ways that transcend the […]
Have you been thinking about embracing change at your dental practice and creating opportunities for success through digital dentistry? Maybe you’ve taken the leap but you’re not sure you’re on the right path. Do you need a digital roadmap or efficient treatment protocol tips? Perhaps you’re on board, but your staff requires additional training and […]
This week, Lifehack.org shared 12 Reasons You Should Visit San Francisco Once in Your Lifetime. Among them, the largest and oldest Chinatown, world class museums, free to attend festivals, unforgettable botanical gardens, breathtaking bicycle routes and plenty to discover in just one day. The Lucy Hobbs Project offers reason No. 13: its 6th annual celebration of […]
September 13-15 in San Francisco, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor will host 6th annual celebration featuring a Digital Dentistry Symposium with Straumann From standing ovations and inspirational messages, to opportunities for education and giving back, The Lucy Hobbs Project® 6th annual Celebration will create an uplifting experience for its attendees. The three-day event, […]
In less than six weeks, six women will be selected to receive the Sixth Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Awards. These awards, named in tribute to Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor – the first American woman to earn a degree in dentistry – recognize outstanding women in the profession. There’s still time to nominate prior to the […]