Elizabeth Blackwell

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When Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical School in 1849, she became the first woman doctor in the United States. When she enrolled in the Medical Register of the United Kingdom, this made her Europe’s first modern woman doctor. Elizabeth Blackwell was born in 1821 in Bristol, England. She was one of nine children and her father was a very prosperous sugar refiner. Her family immigrated to New York City in 1832. Her family was very active in the abolitionist movement in New York. Her father’s refinery did not prosper and forced the family to move to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1838. Her father died shortly after this move and meant that the boys now needed to find work and the girls now needed to attend school. The Blackwells made contributions in aiding escaped slaves and in the ...
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