I read a book about Elizabeth Blackwell many years ago. It was fascinating. She was a woman of many accomplishments and saved many lives. Today’s featured article is about her.
Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Britain, was the first woman in the United States to be awarded the MD degree. Many 19th-century physicians, including a few women, practiced without a degree, but Elizabeth Blackwell wished to attain full professional status. She was rejected by all the major medical schools in the nation because of her gender. Her application to Geneva Medical School (now Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York) was referred to the student body. They accepted her with great hilarity in the belief that it was a spoof perpetrated by a rival school. Click here to read the rest of the article.