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Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3, 1821 in Bristol, England to Samuel and Hannah Blackwell.
My father, Samuel Blackwell has passed away. My sisters and I are forced to support the family by operating a boarding school for young women. My father was a supporter of abolition.
My dear friend, you know I am very ill and there is little hope of me recovering. It is too late for me, but you may be able to help other females like me, that are ill and would feel more comfortable with a female doctor.
I have taken the advice of my friend, and have decided to pursue a career as a doctor. After being rejected from more than twenty schools, I have finally been accepted into one to earn my medical degree. I know this journey will not be easy.
I have graduated, and earned my medical degree. This journey was not easy. I was made fun of, and people have doubted me because I am a woman. I did not give up, for my friend, for other women.
I am continuing to help women that are seeking education. I have become blind and therefore unfortunately, gave up my ambition to become a surgeon. I wished to become a physician, but was rejected because I was a woman. I opened a private practice in a rented room for other women. I set up a practice in London and am continuing my efforts to open the medical profession to women.
Elizabeth Blackwell passed away at her home in Hastings in 1910, leaving behind a legacy that would direct the way for future generation women dreamers.
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