Patricia Bath, Ophthalmologist and Inventor. She is the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent, and the first African-American to be a resident in ophthalmology at NYU or a surgeon at UCLA Medical Center.
Having become the first female faculty member in the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. She was given an office "in the basement next to the lab animals” and turned down the spot. "I didn't say it was racist or sexist. I said it was inappropriate and succeeded in getting acceptable office space. I decided I was just going to do my work."
"Sexism, racism, and relative poverty were the obstacles which I faced as a young girl growing up in Harlem. There were no women physicians I knew of and surgery was a male-dominated profession; no high schools existed in Harlem, a predominantly black community; additionally, blacks were excluded from numerous medical schools and medical societies; and, my family did not possess the funds to send me to medical school."
"My love of humanity and passion for helping others inspired me to become a physician.”