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The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to long-time New Canaan resident, Dr. Emily Barringer, the first female ambulance surgeon and first female physician in the nation to secure a surgical residency. A pioneer for women in medicine, Barringer was determined to overcome the barriers that limited female physicians at the turn of the century. She successfully lobbied Congress during World War II to allow woman physicians to serve as commissioned officers in the medical corps of the army and navy.