Jun 28, 2021
Host: Leyla B. Warsame, MD, Clinical Informatics Fellow, Geisinger
Guest Interview: Pagan Kennedy, Contributing opinion writer for The New York Times
This series draws attention to the stories of historical women and how their contributions continue to affect today’s world, including those whose contributions were not recognized at the time, corrects the historical record, provides inspiration for current generations, and suggests contemporary lessons for working scientists.
In 1972, a homeless shelter volunteer began to realize the prevalence of rape among the women she was working with. The volunteer, Marty Goddard, also realized that these rapes were rarely prosecuted because of a lack of coordination between hospitals and police. Her brilliant idea was the group of checklists, procedures, and evidence containers now called the rape kit. Her idea changed the medico-legal landscape and helped bring justice for thousands of victims. Yet it became successful only after a man patented and promoted it.