Elizabeth Blackwell First Female Doctor Essay

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Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3, 1821 in Bristol England. At a young age she moved to America with her mother and father, along with many siblings. When she was young she wanted a career that would cause her to use her intelligence and also do what was faithful to her religion. What made Elizabeth really decide to be a doctor was, when one of her friends was dying and they said to her that “her suffering would have been more bearable had she been attended by a woman physician and suggested that Elizabeth had the intelligence and courage to pursue a medical degree” (U.S. National Library of Medicine). Without her friend saying that to her I do not think that Elizabeth would ...view middle of the document...

When Elizabeth Blackwell first started applying to different medical schools, many of them refused to take her because she was a woman and women were not allowed to have a job in a field full of only men, this caused her to get rejected by many medical schools in the United States where she applied. Many of the male doctors in the medical field told her that the only way she would ever get accepted to a medical school would be for her to dress as a man. At the time, a lot of women had to disguise themselves as men to do jobs that were mainly held by men, but Elizabeth Blackwell refused to do that and she applied to twelve smaller medical schools and out of all of them, only one accepted her. The one that accepted her was Geneva Medical College in Geneva, New York. On November 6, 1847, Elizabeth Blackwell got to Geneva Medical College, where she was excited to learn about something she was excited to do. But the staff there was less than excited about teaching her because they did not want to teach a girl, but they had to because she was beyond qualified for the position. After a few weeks the teachers realized that she was serious about being a medical student and learning about medicine and helping people so they welcomed her now to being in their class. Over her summer break from school Elizabeth decided that she wanted to go and spend time at The Blockley Almshouse in Philadelphia which was where there were many poor sick people and insane people. Many of the doctors there refused to let Elizabeth help them or come see the patients because she was a woman.
On January 23rd, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College and became...

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