A member of NOW since 1978, Dr. Farmer’s active participation began as a member of the Ann Arbor NOW Chapter in the March on Washington for ERA Ratification Extension. She is passionate about women’s issues, believing that the pioneering work of feminists in the 60’s and 70’s paved the way for her to go to medical school at a time when bright young women were being told that their options were limited to secretarial, teaching or nursing careers.
Dr. Farmer holds degrees in Education, Environmental Science, Industrial Hygiene and Medicine, and is a proud graduate of both U of M and MSU. She recently retired after 30 years of practice in General Internal Medicine in Ann Arbor and Cincinnati.
Dr. Farmer served as Mayor of Ypsilanti from 1995-2006. During her tenure the city enacted a new City Charter with ethics provisions, repaved all their local streets, replaced all the city water mains under those streets, passed a Human Rights Ordinance adding equal rights protections for gays and lesbians, and successfully defended that Ordinance twice at the polls.
Other interests of Dr. Farmer’s include historic preservation, gardening, sailing and fast cars. She lives in Ypsilanti’s Historic District in a house built in 1855.
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