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If society will not admit of woman's free development, then society must be remodeled.




Elizabeth Blackwell, 1821-1910, Physician, First Woman to Earn a Medical Degree in America, 1848

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Elizabeth Blackwell
Elizabeth Blackwell
  • Born: February 3, 1821
  • Died: May 31, 1910
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Physician

Elizabeth Blackwell was a British physician, notable as the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, and the first woman on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council. Elizabeth Blackwell played an important role in both the United States and the United Kingdom as a social and moral reformer. She acted as a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine. Elizabeth Blackwell's contributions remain celebrated through an Elizabeth Blackwell medal that is awarded to one woman every year who has added to the cause of promoting women in medicine. Furthermore, Hobart and William Smith College recently created a statue on their campus honoring Elizabeth Blackwell.

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