• By Dana Sparks

#ThrowbackThursday: Exhibit Highlights Women Who Helped Shape Mayo Clinic

March 3, 2016

a black and white photo from the early 1900s of women of Mayo Clinic

What started as a search for historical tidbits for a "Jeopardy-style game" about the role of women in Mayo Clinic's history turned into something much more once Virginia Wright-Peterson, Ph.D., began looking through Mayo's archives. "I started reading some of the stories, and I couldn't believe it that as a local person and someone who had worked at Mayo for all of the years that I had, that I didn't know more about the women," she tells the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

So Wright-Peterson, a former Mayo administrator who now teaches writing at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, found herself ditching her "game" in favor of a book she believed needed to be written. She wanted to introduce others to these women who, the paper says, not only "bumped up against" but "broke through the glass ceiling of the times" to help Mayo Clinic become what it is today. "In a lot of ways, this is a writer's dream," Wright-Peterson tells the P-B. Read the rest of the story.

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