In 1880, two women bravely enrolled in the all-male Georgetown College in the Department of Medicine. Annie E. Rice and Jeannette J. Sumner stayed just one year before transferring to a women's medical college instead. They returned to DC and opened a clinic by women for women. We don't have much information on these two important figures in university history. I want to elevate their stories which include barriers not only to their profession of medicine but challenges they faced personally in physical and mental health. We hope that this short documentary ignites interest in commemorating the lives of Dr. Annie E. Rice and Dr. Jeannette J. Sumner through a building on campus.
Jane Varner Malhotra