Women have been part of ASA since its inception more than 100 years ago as the Long Island Society of Anesthetists (LISA).1,2  This year marks the second time in ASA’s history that a woman, Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D., has served as president of our Society. As Dr. Fitch’s leadership is recognized and celebrated, it is important to review the history, status and scope of women in ASA, and to consider strategies to maximize the potential of women to contribute and serve the Society.

Dr. Emilie Schirmer was present in 1905 at the first meeting of LISA; thus she was a charter member and is considered the first female ASA member.1,2  Dr. Alma Vedin, the first female officer of LISA/ASA, served as vice president from 1920 to 1922.1,2  Almost 90 years...

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