Heralding the Way to a New World

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910), Doctor

Elizabeth Blackwell

Photograph of Elizabeth Blackwell, courtesy of Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives, Geneva, NY

Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) graduated from Geneva Medical College in Geneva, NY in 1849, becoming the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. After further training in Europe, Blackwell returned to the U.S. to establish the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857 and a Women’s Medical College in 1868. Blackwell devoted much of her life to increasing the presence of and opportunities for women in medicine.