When considering the contributions of women in the industries that DeltaTrak serves, we are both inspired and awestruck. Women have been instrumental in major developments in the life sciences, food and so many other fields. They bring unique perspectives to problem-solving, business building and trail blazing. Many a successful person attributes the strides they’ve made to a mother or grandmother who charted the course, providing examples of hard work and sound decision-making along the way. Women like Dora Kaplan sold potatoes and onions in the early 1900’s, and passed down her love for the fruit and vegetable business to her grandson, Ted Kaplan, owner of Professional Produce. Supermarket chain, H-E-B, formerly named CC Butt Grocery Store, was founded by Florence Butt with a $60 investment. Her son, Howard E. Butt, eventually took over the company.
Brilliant female minds in the life sciences field, have made the significant achievements which are now enabling an expedited, yet prudent, pandemic response. Francis Kathleen Oldham was a physician and pharmacologist who worked as a compliance officer for the FDA. As a result of Dr. Oldham’s resistance to fast-tracking Thalidomide in the 1960’s, drug companies are required to undergo stringent FDA evaluation before approval is granted. It is also noteworthy that vaccines for other illnesses have been shown to offer a “protective effect” for those infected with the COVID-19 virus. One such vaccine, Bordetella pertussis, created to prevent whooping cough, was developed by three women in the late 1940’s: Chemist Loney Gordon, and doctors Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering.
To celebrate the innumerable accomplishments women have authored, we will present a blog series highlighting a few of the many customers DeltaTrak is proud to partner with. We are appreciative of the faith that all of our customers place in us every day, as we provide new and innovative solutions to help them offer the highest quality products to their customers. Vaccine monitoring devices are but one example of the diverse tools DeltaTrak has created to respond to the need for regulatory compliance and most importantly, consumer trust. If you have questions about vaccine loggers or any DeltaTrak products, please contact your dedicated sales professional or call 1-800-962-6776.
National Women’s Hall of Fame, 2021, https://www.womenofthehall.org/inductee/frances-oldham-kelsey/. Accessed March 3, 2021.
Alkholy, U, et al “Could Bordetella pertussis vaccine protect against coronavirus COVID-19?” National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Science, September 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7365096/. Accessed March 3, 2021.
“Black History Month: Loney Clinton Gordon Contributes to the Development of the Vaccine Against Whooping Cough.” The History of Vaccines, February 10, 2019, https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/blog/black-history-month-loney-gordon. Accessed March 3, 2021.
“Our History”, HEB.com, 2021, https://www.heb.com/static-page/article-template/Our-History. Accessed March 3, 2021.