Marie Diana Equi
(7 April, 1872 in New Bedford, Massachusetts
– 13 July, 1952 in Portland, Oregon
) was an American medical doctor
. Her father was Italian and her mother of Irish parentage.
In 1893, she moved to The Dalles, Oregon
with her friend Bess Holcomb, who had been offered work as a teacher. The two lived together quietly in what has been called a "Boston marriage
". On 21 July 1893, Equi was the subject of an article in "The Dalles Times-Mountaineer", the local newspaper. According to the article, which referred to Equi as "Miss Aqua", Holcomb's employer, Reverend Orson D. Taylor, refused to pay Holcomb a promised $100, and in response Equi threatened to publicly horsewhip
him. Although Equi was able to carry out her threat, Holcomb ultimately did not receive the $100. However, the community were very supportive of Equi's actions. The whip became the subject of a raffle
, and the proceeds, exceeding $100, were granted to the two women.
A few years later, the pair moved to San Francisco, California
, where Equi began studying medicine. She completed her degree in 1903 at the University of Oregon
in Portland, Oregon
, one of the first classes to admit women
.NLM, Changing the Face of Medicine
. In the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
, she organized a group of doctors and nurses to provide humanitarian aid
in the wake of the disaster, earning her a special commendation from the......