Kentucky Enquire Article
One of North Kentucky's first female physicians, Louise Southgate, was born on February 18, 1857, in Walton, Kentucky. She was the first of eight children born to Bernard and Eleanor Fleming Southgate. Louise was educated at Western College and continued to earn her medical degree from Laura Memorial College in Ohio. Louise went to New York and Europe to study advanced work in hospitals for two years.
Dr. Southgate began her practice at the Presbyterian Hospital in Ohio In 1893. She also taught at Laura Memorial College. Southgate was part of the growing movement in women's reproductive health. She worked with women's rights groups. Dr. Southgate was a member of Emergency Association of Covington, (served as president), General Federation of Women's Clubs, Kentucky Equal Rights Association,( served press
superintendent) Kentucky State Federation of Women's Clubs, National Equal Rights Association, Ohio State Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Woman's Club of Cincinnati.
In 1910, Dr. Southgate was a speaker at the 21st Kentucky Equal Rights Association convention. She offered a resolution that KERA "extend cordial greetings to the Kentucky State Federations of Colored Women's Clubs." Her appearance at the conference led to a request for a female physician's appointment to the state asylum of the Insane at Hopkinsville and the beginning of lobbying to establish a juvenile court in any county that did not have one. Dr. Southgate spoke on behalf of suffrage during the campaign for a suffrage amendment of the Ohio Constitution.
Dr. Laura Southgate died on August 14, 1941, in Walton, Kentucky.
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