Historical records matching Dr. Kate Karpeles
About Dr. Kate Karpeles
Dr. Kate B. Karpeles here was quite extraordinary as she was one of the only female doctors to be contracted by the Army during WWI. When this picture was taken in 1938, she was serving as the president of the American Medical Women’s Association and was actively petitioning congress to allow women to serve in the Army on an equal basis with men during times of national emergency.
Woman doctor urges women be allowed to serve in U.S. Army on equal basis as men. Washington, D.C., Dec. 13. If Congress acts favorably on resolution recently adopted by the American Medical Women's Association, women may yet serve in the United States Army with rank, uniform and pay commensurate to that of men. One of the few women practitioners engaged by the Army as contract surgeon during the World War, Dr. Kate B. Karpeles, above, National President of the A. M.W.A., says the single standard is desired only in time of war or other great national emergency. Its primary purpose being to release male physicians for duty in the field. Dr. Karpeles emphasizes that equal treatment should be given not only surgeons of both sexes, but also technicians, laboratory workers and other classes of medical fighters, 12/13/38