Sara Josephine Baker, or “Dr. Joe” to her friends, was a groundbreaking physician in the fields of public health and preventative medicine. After working for several years as a medical examiner and private physician in New York City, she became assistant to the commissioner of health in 1907. A year later, she was made director of the Bureau of Child Hygiene, where she implemented a number of programs aimed at reducing mortality rates among infants and children living in poor environments.
And behind the camera is Jessie Tarbox Beals, the country’s first female photojournalist, who kept a studio for many years in New York City.
Jessie Tarbox Beals. Sara Josephine Baker. undated (circa 1910-1920). New-York Historical Society.