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"A Memory of Dr Elizabeth Blackwell" (first female doctor in the United States)


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Brown, Papers of Susan H. Dickinson


With her sister Emily Blackwell (1826-1910), who was also a physician, Elizabeth Blackwell founded the Women's Medical College in 1868. At that time, most U.S. medical schools refused to admit women. From 1883 until her death, Emily Blackwell lived with Dr. Elizabeth Cushier.

On January 23, 1849, when Sue and Emily were 18, physician Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) received her M.D. degree from Geneva College (upstate New York) before a crowd of 20,000. Susan was an eyewitness to this extraordinary event. Significantly, in recounting the experience, she muses upon the problems intellectual women have, the apprehensions they tend to inspire.