Biography Of Elizabeth Blackwell

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Elizabeth Blackwell was a pioneer for women everywhere and took giant steps in medical and social reform and sanitation. She gave many women after her the opportunity to follow in her footsteps and make a difference in the world.
Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol, England in 1821. She was born to Hannah Lane and Samuel Blackwell. Elizabeth lived with her parents, her father’s four unmarried sisters and eight other siblings. She grew up in a religious and liberal home that pushed education. Her parents campaigned for women’s rights and supported the anti-slavery movement, which led to her father’s friendship with William Lloyd Garrison and Theodore Weld. In 1832, Elizabeth, at the age of 11, moved to New York City with her family to avoid
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At times she was forced to sit separately from the class. One professor, James Webster, made her leave his lecture hall because the topic of reproductive anatomy was “too unrefined for a woman’s delicate sensibilities”. Although she faced plenty of prejudice, it’s said that usually rambunctious male students became more respectful of the lecturers and quiet during class when Elizabeth was present. Over time, Blackwell remained persistent and gained the respect, acceptance, and support of her colleagues. Between her two years of medical school, Elizabeth spent the summer Blockley Almshouse where she could observe some of the poorest people in Philadelphia living with typhus. She ended up writing her doctoral thesis on preventing typhus with proper sanitation. Elizabeth graduated in 1849 at the age of 28 and ranked first in her class, making her the world’s first woman doctor of medicine and an inspiration and pioneer for other women seeking medical education. She created shockwaves and news traveled quickly. An article was even written about her in a Washington, DC newspaper, The National Era. It read, “She is one of those who cannot be hedged up, or turned aside, or defeated. She is a woman, not of words, but of deeds; and all those who only want to talk about it, may as well give …show more content…
So she persevered and with the help of some Quaker friends, she opened the New York Dispensary for Poor Women and Children. Elizabeth saw patients three afternoons a week in a single rented room in the slums of New York City. It provided her with little opportunity, a meager income, and very few patients. She moved the dispensary to a very small house on 15th Street when her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, the third female doctor, and Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, an immigrant from Poland, joined her and together they formed the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857. This place presented a solution to other women who had faced rejection from the medical community by providing for the poor and hiring women doctors. Their good reputations gained them the support and respect they needed to succeed and several trusted male physicians also supported their clinic by acting as consulting physicians. Little did these women know that this institution would stand strong for over a century. After founding the infirmary, Elizabeth started a college in November 1868 with her sister Emily. It was called the Women’s Medical College at the infirmary and Elizabeth served as the Chair of Hygiene. After founding the college, she went on a year-long lecture tour of Great Britain where she inspired women and became the first woman listed on the British

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