Margaret "Mom" Chung

Margaret Jessie Chung (Chinese: 張瑪珠, October 2, 1889 – January 5, 1959), born in Santa Barbara, California, was the first known American-born Chinese female physician.

See a 10-minute PBS highlight on Dr. Chung to learn about the challenges she overcame, including going by “Mike”, dressing like a man, and bridging the gap between modern Western medicine and the Chinese community in San Francisco. She supported servicemen as a “Mom” in World War II, gaining fame nationwide (like this comic book!) and today is the namesake of San Francisco’s central subway tunnel boring machine.

Submitted by Alex Storer; Illustration partially based on a photo from The Global Grid