ELIZABETH BLACKWELL (1821 – 1910) First Female Doctor Elizabeth Blackwell applied to thirteen medical schools. She was rejected outright from every one of them because she was a woman. Finally, the faculty of Geneva College in upstate New York (now Hobart College) asked the students to decide Blackwell’s fate. They unanimously agreed to admit her because they thought her application was a joke. In 1846, Blackwell matriculated, and she graduated two years later, the first woman to…
Elizabeth Blackwell said she turned to medicine after a close friend who was dying suggested she would have been spared much embarrassment if her physician had been a woman. She became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register
February 3, 1821: Birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States (her sister Emily was the third). Blackwell opened up her own practice in New York City in 1851, and aided in nursing efforts during the Civil War. Blackwell, Elizabeth. Address on the Medical Education of Women [cover], New York : Baker & Duyckinck, 1856, Pamph R740.B53 1856, NYHS image #87196d.
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.
This is courage and strength. Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum New York World 1887 Nellie Bly (real name Elizabeth Jane Cochran, above) was a 23-year-old journalist without a job when she walked into the offices of Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World in 1887 and was given the daunting assignment of exposing the horrors of the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum. She rehearsed feverishly. She played mad. “Undoubtedly demented… a hopeless case,” said one of…
UK: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917) The first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain. She founded a hospital for poor women and children in London. Women we admire; influential women in history #Lottie dolls #herstory
Fe del Mundo, Harvard Medical School's first female student , was admitted because she was brilliant...and because they didn't realize she was a woman. Del Mundo founded the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. She attended nine years before enrollment was opened to women.