Elizabeth Blackwell is granted a medical degree from Geneva College in New York, becoming the first female to be officially recognized as a physician in U.S. history.

Elizabeth Blackwell (3 February 1821 Bristol, England -31 May 1910 (aged 89) Hastings, England E

Elizabeth Blackwell (3 February 1821
Bristol, England
Died 31 May 1910 (aged 89)
Hastings, England

Blackwell, born in Bristol, England, came to the United States in her youth and attended the medical faculty of Geneva College, now known as Hobart College. In 1849, she graduated with the highest grades in her class and was granted an M.D. In 1857, after several years of private practice, she founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children with her sister, Emily Blackwell, also a doctor. In 1868, the institution was expanded to include a women’s college for the training of nurses and doctors, the first of its kind in America. The next year, Blackwell returned to England, where in 1875 she became professor of gynecology at the London School of Medicine for Women, a medical discipline she had helped to establish.


3 responses

  1. gpcox says:

    Whoa! That took long enough, didn’t it?!


    • It sure did. Their is a BBC television show called Blackwell that is no longer on but I found it streaming from Amazon. I think it is only loosely based on her but it depicts a female doctor running a clinic for the poor and shows her constant struggle to be recognized with the men in the medical profession.