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On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to earn a medical doctorate

January 23, 2023

On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to earn a medical doctorate. Despite sexism, she succeeded not only in completing her coursework, but founding a hospital and training nurses during the Civil War.

 

 

Did you know? Blackwell was inspired to pursue the medical profession after a dying female friend expressed her wish to have been attended by a woman doctor.

 

 

Portrait of Elizabeth Blackwell seated in profile, c. 1850s

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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January 23, 2023
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