Elizabeth Blackwell

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The Literary Gardener: Elizabeth Blackwell in Asheville

In spring 1845, Elizabeth Blackwell was a well-read 24-year-old with no income and no interest in marriage. She needed a plan to support herself, but options for educated women were limited. She could take up a post as a schoolteacher, or she could become a nurse, as Florence Nightingale would later do (the two women became friends in London in 1850). Instead, she decided to go to medical school, knowing she would be the first woman to do so. To save money for medical school, she accepted a teaching position at the Reverend Dr. John Dickson’s Female Seminary (later called the Female College) in Asheville, at its early location near the corner of Patton Avenue and Church Street.
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6 Groundbreaking Facts About Elizabeth Blackwell, America’s First Woman Physician

When she graduated from medical school in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell earned more than an M.D.: she also earned the distinction of becoming America’s first woman doctor. It wasn’t an easy road. Rejected by all but one college and regularly shunned by her peers, Blackwell still managed to build an impressive and varied career. Her tenacity and trailblazing achievements helped expand women’s access to the medical field in the United States and beyond.

Medical first: Elizabeth Blackwell

We’re just a few days away from the 200th anniversary of Elizabeth Blackwell’s birth: she was born in Bristol, England, on 3 February 1821 – early in the reign of King George IV and a few months before Napoleon Bonaparte died. During her lifetime she changed the practice of medicine in the Western world.
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Elizabeth Blackwell

FRESH AIR: America’s first female doctor started career in Geneva, NY (podcast) In the 1840s, Elizabeth Blackwell was admitted to a U.S. medical school — in part because the male students thought her application was part of an elaborate prank. She persisted and got her degree, becoming the first American woman to do so ...