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Elizabeth Blackwell was rejected by over 19 medical schools, but was finally accepted by Geneva Medical College in NY. She graduated in 1849 to become the first female doctor in history.

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from About.com Education

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell graduated on January 23, 1849 to become the first female doctor in history. After being rejected by nineteen medical schools but was finally accepted by Geneva Medical College.

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Impossible! Unheard of! When Elizabeth Blackwell decided to become a doctor, she repeatedly heard those comments. In mid-19th century, medicine was not a field open to women. But Blackwell wouldn’t let that stop her from earning a medical degree at New York’s Geneva Medical College in 1849. Blackwell’s determination to succeed led her to become America’s first woman doctor. Her pioneering spirit opened the door for women in medicine, inspiring generations that followed.

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from Magsx2's Blog

23 Jan 1849: First Women in America to Receive a Medical Degree

First Woman in America to Receive a Medical Degree Elizabeth Blackwell started teaching in Kentucky to make money to pay for medical school. Not only did Elizabeth graduate, she graduated in the top of her class, and on the 11th of January 1849, she became the first women to achieve a medical degree in the US and graduated on the 23rd of January 1849.

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Elizabeth Blackwell, the first US woman to become a doctor. I studied this woman in the 1980s as I worked on a minor in Women's Studies. I admire her greatly. What a great woman she was! Thanks for trail blazing.

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