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This guide focuses on women and chiropractic.
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Women needed in Chiropractic Profession

Palmer has been advertising chiropractic as a career for women for over a century. Here is example of a poster from the 1960s/1970s.


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The Special Collections & Archives department is located in the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library on Palmer's Davenport Campus.

Access to materials and reference assistance is provided in the Reading Room on the first floor of the Library (L103).

Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours during term breaks are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

Please call (563) 884-5893, or email for assistance.


This Guide

This guide focuses on resources which highlight women and chiropractic. You will find resources which give a general overview of the history of women in chiropractic, and materials that are Palmer produced. Also included are materials on more specific topics such as international women and posture queens. The different types of materials are listed books, journals, pamphlets and photographs. The guide is divided into the following pages:

  • Overview
  • General Resources
  • Palmer Publications
  • Other Chiropractic Schools
  • International Women
  • Posture Queens


Women have traditionally faced obstacles in gaining equality in the workplace. In the medical field, women were not able to become doctors easily. In fact, female physicians were not recognized until 1915. Women were a part of the chiropractic profession from the onset. In D.D. Palmer's first chiropractic class of 15 students, three of them were women.

In 1904, Mabel Heath Palmer graduated from Palmer School of Chiropractic and wrote "A Woman's Appeal to Women", which encourages women to consider a career in chiropractic. She states, "The World Needs Thousands of Women Chiropractors," and Mabel's own example contributed greatly to the influx of women at Palmer and in the wider chiropractic profession.

Palmer has been very active in recruiting women over the years and has continued to graduate many female students in each successive class.

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Rosemary Riess, Head Librarian of Special Collections and Archives, Davenport Campus

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