Elizabeth Blackwell’s birthday – Feb 3, 1821. First woman physician. Born near Bristol, England, she and several other members of her family were active abolitionists, women’s suffrage advocates and pioneers in women’s medicine. Her family moved to New York State in 1832, and she received a medical doctor’s degree at Geneva, NY, in 1849. She established a hospital in New York City with an all-woman staff, where she recruited nurses and trained them for service in the Civil War. Returning to England in 1869, she continued to teach and practice medicine until her death at Hastings, England, May 31, 1910.
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