March 17, 1927
Frustrated at being rejected for employment as a nurse by Kern Hospital, twenty-one year old Gladys Maryon Lindley came up with a plan â€“ become a man!
Dressed in menâ€™s clothing and answering to the name â€œBillyâ€, Gladys presented herself at Kern Hospital once again. Instead of seeking employment as a nurse, â€œBillyâ€ applied for the job of a male orderly this time and was hired on the spot.
Gladys went undetected until three months later, when the secret of her identity was revealed by one of her former teachers. Recognizing â€œBillyâ€ at the hospital, the teacher ratted her out to hospital administrators. Gladys – aka Billy – resigned immediately.
Perhaps naively, the LA Times reported that â€œa real desire to do hospital work was given as the explanation of the masqueradeâ€.