Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3rd, 1821. She moved to the United States with her family when she was eleven. Her father died six short years after, in 1838. Elizabeth helped her mother and sister open a school after her father died. When Elizabeth was accepted into Geneva Medical School it created a lot of drama because it wasn’t a normal thing; women did not go to college or become doctors during this time. She received a good deal of criticism, but she proved them wrong and earned a lot of respect. She graduated from Geneva Medical School in 1848 at the age of 27.

             In 1849 she went to Europe to study (losing sight in her left eye due to a medical mishap while there). Five years later, she opened a clinic in New York City. The goal of this clinic was to help poor women and children in New York. This was just one of her great achievements. In the late 1860’s she helped establish a medical school just for women in London. One thing she stressed when teaching her students was maintaining sanitary conditions even though this wasn’t common at the time. She remained teaching in New york until 1907, when she was injured falling down a flight of stairs. She died three short years later after a stroke in her home in Hasting, England.

Elizabeth Blackwell is most often remembered for the strides she made for women in the medical profession and that she was the first American woman to get a medical degree.

 

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