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Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: A heroine for women
26.04.2021 Medical News Today
Medicine
Elizabeth Blackwell

In 1849, British-born Dr. Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College in New York, becoming the first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree.

“The significance [of this] cannot be overestimated, as this was a time when a woman being a physician was not the social norm,” Dr. Shelley Ross, secretary general of the the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA), told Medical News Today.

Until her death in 1910, Dr. Blackwell was a strong advocate for women in medicine, spending much of her time campaigning for women’s rights and establishing institutions dedicated to training female medical students in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

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