Elizabeth Blackwell is the first women to attend medical school and obtain a medical degree. She also was the first fully accredited female doctor. She was born in Bristol, England, on February 3, 1821. She was the daughter of Samuel and Hannah Blackwell. Her sister is Emily Blackwell which was one of the first women doctors.
She encouraged medical education for women and aided other women to aspire other careers. According to the article, Changing the Face of Medicine, By establishing the New York Infirmary in 1857, Elizabeth Blackwell offered a practical solution to one of the problems facing women who were rejected from internships elsewhere but determined to expand their skills as physicians. She also published several important books on the issue of women in medicine, including Medicine as a Profession for Women in 1860 and Address on the Medical Education of Women in 1864. Blackwell had no idea how to become a physician, so she consulted with several physicians known by her family. They told her it was a fine idea, but impossible; it was too expensive, and such education was not available to women.
She graduated and, at the age of 22, entered Women's Medical College studying to become a doctor. At the same time, she volunteered to provide nursing services to the immigrants and the poor living on New York's Lower East Side. Visiting pregnant women, the elderly, and the disabled in their homes, Wald came to the conclusion that there was a crisis in need of immediate redress. She dropped out of medical school and moved into a house on Henry Street in order to live among those who so desperately needed help. In 1893, she organized the Henry Street Settlement, otherwise known as the Visiting Nurse Society (VNS) of New York.
(1). On December 25, 1821, Clarissa Harlowe Barton was born in Oxford, Massachussetts. She was the youngest of five children to Stephan and Sarah Barton. Stephan was a farmer and state law maker who served in the American Revolution from 1775-1783, while Sarah managed the household. Clara first became interested in caring for others after listening to her Great-Aunt’s stories of her experiences as a midwife.
Cole was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and would overcome racial and gender barriers to medical education by training in all-female institutions run by women who had been part of the first generation of female physicians graduating mid-century. Cole was the 2nd out of five children. Cole attended the Institute for Colored Youth, graduating in 1863. She then went on to graduate from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1867, under the supervision of Ann Preston. Her graduate medical thesis was titled The Eye and Its Appendages.Afterwards Cole interned at Elizabeth Blackwell's New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children.
My Favorite Person In Medicine Elizabeth Blackwell Lacey Wilson Chemistry 1406 Mark Eley 11/13/2013 Abstract On January 23, 1849, a young woman walked across the stage of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY. She was given the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Geneva Medical College. And she happened to be the very first woman to earn the degree at an American school. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell. “If society will not admit of woman's free development, then society must be remodeled.”- Elizabeth Blackwell Elizabeth Blackwell Elizabeth Blackwell was born in England on February 3, 1821.
This experience, and her acquaintance with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, led her to join the women rights movement in 1852. and she dedicated her life to the women right to vote. at age 26, Susan B. Anthony took the position of head of the girls department at Canajoharie Academy, her first paid position. She taught there for two years, earning $110 a year In 1853 at the state teachers' convention Anthony called for women to be admitted to the professions and for better pay for women teachers. She also asked for women to have a voice at the convention and to assume committee positions. In 1859 Anthony spoke before the state teachers' convention at Troy, N.Y. and at the Massachusetts teachers' convention, arguing for coeducation meaning boys and girls together at school and claiming there were no differences between the minds of men and
B. Shortly after medical school, Cole moved to New York City and joined the staff of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, a hospital owned and operated by Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn her MD. C. Blackwell soon established the Tenement House Service. The service intended to promote health in overcrowded slums, populated by poor--mainly black--people, by sending out a "sanitary visitor" to teach basic hygiene and child care. Cole became one of the first "sanitary visitors" in the program and worked in this capacity for many years.
It took two years for Clara to help her brother, David recover. During that time she learned how to “handle slimy leeches…. dress blisters and ugly sores.” After her brothers’ recovery, Clara regarded herself as useless and so she felt the need to help more people. She then looked for work and went to nurture poor, sick children during a smallpox epidemic. “She liked work where she could help others.” When the Civil War broke out, Clara played a major role in “organizing facilities to recover soldiers’ lost baggage and in securing medicine and supplies for men wounded in the first battle of Bull Run.
Many children did not attend school as the older ones were made to work to bring food to the family table. My mother was born in 1938 and was the third youngest but her two younger sisters, Estelle and Rosa, died very young due to malnutrition and preventable childhood diseases. My mother was able to go to elementary school while her brothers and sister worked in whatever they could to sustain the family. My grandfather died in 1946 leaving behind two families of his own making. In 1948, my grandmother’s sister, Maria Torres, who had immigrated to the United States in 1929, paid a visit to Puerto Rico to see my grandmother and told her wondrous