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Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol, England on February 3, 1821. For finacial reasons and how her father wanted to help abolish slavery, her family moved to America when she was just 11.
In her mid 20s, Elizabeth had a friend who was suffering from a terminal disease. Her friend did not want to be treated by a male doctor because she felt embarrassed. Unfortunately, no females were doctors because some thought it was a job for men. This made Elizabeth want to become a doctor because she was affected deeply by her friend.
Like many other women, she started her doctor career studying with independent doctors. Then in 1847 she was accepted into the Geneva Medical College in upstate New York. There she was ranked first in her class and graduated in 1849, becoming the first female doctor of medicine in the contemporary era.
Elizabeth returned to Europe and mainly worked in London and Paris as a midwife. While working there, she caught a disease that caused her left eye to become blind. She then returned to New York City she opened a clinic with help from her sister. In the late 1860s, she opened a medical school for women.
After establishing the college, Elizabeth moved back to England where she set up a private practice and also served as a lecturer at the London School of Medicine for Women. She eventually moved to Hastings, England where she would later die on May 31, 1910.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from medical school and earn a medical degree in the United States. She set an example for many other girls to become doctors. She is a role model to millions showing that if you try your best and work for it, you can achieve it.
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