Learn the untold story of gynecological history in America including the real deal on "The Father of Gynecology" Dr. Sims and Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey. Leading expert, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, will uncover how the institution of slavery is foundational to the advancement of medicine and the impact this history has made on our health institutions and health outcomes for Black women in America.

A virtual classroom about gynecological history in America

About the Teacher


Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens is an award-winning historian, popular public speaker, and professor. Currently she is the Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this position, she is one of two Black women in the country running a medical humanities program, leaving no stone stone unturned in the gynecological history of America. She is also the author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.