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WHO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE TO EARN HER DOCTORATE IN DENTISTRY?
In 1865, the dental society invited Hobbs to serve as a delegate to a national convention in Chicago, where her colleagues formally demanded that the Ohio College of Dental Surgery finally admit her as a student. The college com- plied; its faculty voted again, this time promising to accept Hobbs to dental school provided she reapply. Hobbs did so and was accepted, enrolling as a senior on account of her years of professional experience. She received her diploma on February 21, 1866, becoming the first woman in the world to earn a doctorate in dentistry. She remained the only female dentist for the next eight years.