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Marie Heim SondermarkeShe was the first Swiss female doctor – dedicated professional, mother and leading fighter for women’s rights und social equality. In her honour, on the initiative of „mws medical women Switzerland – Ärztinnen Schweiz“, a special edition stamp was released at the beginning of March.

Marie Heim-Vögtlin was the first woman to study medicine in Zurich and she was the first woman in Europe who obtained the specialised gynaecology diploma. In 1874 she received her medical doctorate from the University of Zurich and opened her own practice in Zurich in the same year. During her time as a doctor she was actively involved in improving networks among female doctors, which, after her death, lead to the establishment of the association of Swiss female doctors “mws – medical women Switzerland.”

If you are interested in showing your support for Marie Heim-Vögtlin, you can buy the special edition stamps at any post office in Switzerland.