jessie tarbox

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.

Jessie Tarbox, Photojournalist, about 1905

From Wikipedia: Jessie Tarbox Beals (December 23, 1870 – May 30, 1942) was an American photographer, the first published female photojournalist in the United States and the first female night photographer. She is best known for her freelance news photographs, particularly of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and portraits of places such as Bohemian Greenwich Village. Her trademarks were her self-described “ability to hustle” and her tenacity in overcoming gender barriers in her profession.