Celebrating Women's History Month: Honoring Remarkable Women in Brain Health

As Women's History Month draws to a close, it's the perfect time to reflect on the extraordinary women who have paved the way in advancing our understanding of brain health and neuroscience. These remarkable individuals have defied odds, broken boundaries, and left an indelible mark on the world of medicine and science.

Maria Mikhailovna Manasseina: Championing the Science of Sleep

Imagine a time when women pursuing a career in medicine faced insurmountable challenges. Maria Mikhailovna Manasseina broke through those barriers, emerging as a true pioneer in the study of sleep science. Her tireless efforts and groundbreaking research on the effects of sleep deprivation paved the way for our understanding of the vital role of rest in maintaining our brain's health. Despite facing adversity and enduring political turmoil, Manasseina's dedication to advancing medical knowledge remains an inspiration to us all.

Augusta Marie Déjerine-Klumpke: A Trailblazer in Neurology

Let's turn our attention to Augusta Marie Klumpke, a woman who blazed a trail in the field of neurology during a time when few women had the opportunity to pursue medical careers. Her expertise and ability to understand birth injuries, particularly "Klumpke palsy," earned her acclaim and recognition from prestigious medical institutions. Augusta's contributions extended to co-authoring the seminal textbook "Anatomy of the Nervous Centers" with her husband, Jules Déjerine, which remains one of the most significant works in the field of neurology. Augusta's commitment to service extended beyond her research and clinical work - she also organized a rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers during World War I, showcasing her dedication to both medicine and humanity.

Augustine Marie Cécile Mugnier Vogt: Shaping the Landscape of Neuroanatomy

Cécile Vogt, a brilliant scientist and collaborator, proved that there are no limits to what women can achieve in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges she faced as a woman in science, Vogt made significant contributions to our understanding of the brain's structure and function. Her collaborations with her husband, Oskar Vogt, were instrumental in shaping modern neuroanatomical studies. Today, we owe much of our knowledge about brain morphology and function to Cécile Vogt's groundbreaking research.

Dr. Alexa Canady: Breaking Barriers in Neurosurgery

Now let's celebrate the incredible achievements of Dr. Alexa Irene Canady, a trailblazer who shattered glass ceilings as the first African American woman to become a neurosurgeon in the United States. Dr. Canady's journey was marked by resilience, determination, and a passion for pediatric neurosurgery. Overcoming countless obstacles and defying societal expectations, she paved the way for future generations of underrepresented voices in the medical field. Dr. Canady's groundbreaking accomplishments have left an indelible mark on medicine and continue to inspire those who aspire to follow in her footsteps.

Marian Diamond: Pioneering Brain Plasticity Research

Our celebration of remarkable women in brain health would not be complete without honoring the remarkable Marian Cleeves Diamond. This brilliant scientist's groundbreaking research on brain plasticity challenged conventional beliefs about the brain's ability to adapt and change. Her work on environmental enrichment and brain anatomy revolutionized our understanding of lifelong learning and the incredible potential of the human brain. Beyond her scientific contributions, Diamond's advocacy for children's enrichment and education showcases the profound impact her work had on society as a whole.

As we celebrate these incredible women and their immeasurable contributions to brain health, let's remember the importance of prioritizing our own well-being. Your brain is a remarkable asset, deserving of attention and care. Join us in the movement to make time for your brain health, starting today!


Make Time for Your Brain. Make Time for Yourself. Make Time for a Healthier Future.

Let's continue to elevate the conversation around women's brain health, empower each other to prioritize self-care, and advocate for a future where women's well-being occupies a central place. Together, we can make a profound difference. 

Take a moment to reflect on the remarkable women we've honored today. Draw inspiration from their stories and let their achievements remind you that you, too, have the power to make a difference. Join the movement for women's brain health and help us in creating a world where women's well-being is a top priority.

Remember, Make Time is more than just a brand - it's a philosophy, a lifestyle, and a community of women unified by a shared commitment to putting their brain health first. Together, we can make time for our brain, body, and beauty – in that order – blazing a trail for future generations to do the same.