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“Believe in the power of truth. Do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking.”

Patricia Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe to treat cataracts and co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness. She also introduced community volunteer outreach programs to provide access to eye care to poor people. Bath maintained that “eyesight is a human right,” and persuaded a surgeon in Harlem to operate for free. Bath faced a great deal of racism and sexism. She was the first woman in the UCLA ophthalmology school, and her colleagues tried to make her work in an office next to the storage space for lab animals. She refused to accept this degrading treatment. Bath continues her global work to end blindness and provide healthcare to those who cannot afford it.

Source: Rachel Ignotofsky, Women in Science

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