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Dr Elizabeth Blackwell the first woman doctor is a hero because she showed such perseverance to get into and to attend medical school and there after she blazed other trails in the medical profession Elizabeth was born in Bristol England on February 3rd 1821 Her father Samuel owned a sugar refinery and was a very wealthy man Her father and mother raised Elizabeth with the mind set that girls can be just a smart as boys They encouraged Elizabeth to follow her dream and to become a doctor When Elizabeth was a teenager the Blackwell family moved to America In America she became even more serious about medicine She began reading and learning from every medical book she could find She asked any doctor willing to speak to woman about medicine questions upon questions Even those who answered her questions tried to discourage her form trying to become a doctor Elizabeth did not give up For the next few years she continued to study books about medicine At the same time she applied to one medical school after another Not one would accept her Then in October 1847 she received a letter of acceptance from Geneva Medical College in New York State It was at Geneva when her perseverance and courage really shined through There were teachers who hated her and teachers who would not let her into their classrooms Other students mocked her insulted her and even threatened her When others might have quit at this point Elizabeth did not Instead she completed her studies and graduated with high honors She was at last the first woman doctor in the world Her heroism did not stop there In the years that followed Dr Elizabeth Blackwell blazed new trails in medicine In addition to setting an example for other women wanting careers in medicine she established a hospital and clinic called the New York Infirmary for Women and Children She also founded a medical
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