Elizabeth Blackwell Essay

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Elizabeth Blackwell 	Elizabeth Blackwell was a great woman. She was the first woman to receive a Medical degree in America. She opened an Infirmary for women and children in New York.Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3 1821 in Bristol, England. But was raised differently then most children at this time. See women were treated differently than men. Women were given little education and were not allowed to hold important positions. They were not allowed to be doctors, bankers, or lawyers, and all the money they made had to go to the men in the family. Since women couldn't become Doctors their were few around. Many women would lose their babies because there was no medicine around. This happened to Elizabeth's mom. Her…show more content…
The trip was very hard for them it was like a nightmare. More than 200 people were crowded aboard the ship, and most of them brought cattle, rat-infested blackness below the deck of the ship. Even first-class passengers like the Blackwell's were miserable. There were outbreaks of cholera that caused unsanitary living conditions, and claimed many people's lives aboard the ship. This made Elizabeth even madder and more eager to become a doctor. She and her family were very lucky to survive this trip.   In October 1832, the Blackwells settled in a house in New York. They became involved in anti-slavery activities and held meetings in their house. At this time no medical school had ever accepted a female student, in fact no women had ever been except into college. But Elizabeth set her mind on changing this; she was going to be a doctor. The family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and within a few months of moving their Mr. Blackwell had died. Then one day the family physician decided to show Elizabeth how to apply to a medical school. She learned fast and for the next few years Elizabeth continued to teach and study books about medicine and at the same time she applied for one medical school after another. Then in October 1847 she received an acceptance letter from Geneva Medical College in New York State. She was very proud of herself. She was able to do it; she reached her goal. The next months and years were the hardest for her. All the teachers
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