Dee Johnson on Mary Edwards Walker
Mary Edwards Walker, one of the first female doctors in America and the only woman to win the Medal of Honor, served in the military during the Civil War despite relentless efforts to stop her. This independent firebrand had other ideas. Mary followed her own path with tenacity, courage and an extremely modern sense of how to be a woman. For starters, she wore pants to her wedding and deleted the word “obey” from her vows. (In the 19th century!) Dee Johnson tells us the charming and crucial story of this original American patriot, a “pants girl” and a true inspiration.
Director: Julie Hébert
DP: Johanna Coelho
Sound Recordist: Nancy Kwon
Producer: Courtney Graham
Assoc. Producer: Cara Harrington
Production Assistant: Jasmine Swift
Editor: Farrel Levy
Mix: Daniel Raphael
PRODUCER / WRITER / SHOWRUNNER
Dee Johnson is an American television producer and writer. She has worked on the series ER, Melrose Place, Commander in Chief, Southland, The Good Wife and was an executive producer and showrunner on Nashville for seasons one through four, exiting after the fourth season.
Mary Edwards Walker
ADVOCATE / PHYSICIAN
Dr. Mary Walker was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, and the first woman ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Despite the controversy surrounding her career and her politics, Dr. Mary Walker was proud of her accomplishments as a physician and an advocate for women’s rights. As she concluded in 1897, “I am the original new woman…Why, before Lucy Stone, Mrs. Bloomer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were—before they were, I am. In the early ’40’s, when they began their work in dress reform, I was already wearing pants…I have made it possible for the bicycle girl to wear the abbreviated skirt, and I have prepared the way for the girl in knickerbockers.”