Ten fun facts about Elizabeth Blackwell


Fact 1
She was the first openly identified woman to graduate from medical school, a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States.

Fact 2
She was also known as a social and moral reformer in both the United States and in Britain.

Fact 3
Her sister Emily was the third woman in the US to get a medical degree.


Fact 4
Blackwell was interested in a great number of reform movements.

Fact 5
Since 1949, the American Medical Women's Association has awarded the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal annually to a woman physician.

Fact 6
In 2013 the University of Bristol launched the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research.

Fact 7
Blackwell's decision to study medicine was a rather arbitrary one.

Fact 8
When Dr. James Webster, her anatomy professor, got to the reproduction section of his lectures, he asked Blackwell to absent herself, arguing that it would be too vulgar for her delicate mind. Blackwell's eloquent response not only made Webster admit her to the lecture, but also elevated the previously obscene and vulgar nature of the lectures.

Fact 9
In April 1849, Blackwell made the decision to continue her studies in Europe.

Fact 10
Her greatest period of reform activity was after her retirement from the medical profession, from 1880-1895.


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