Elizabeth Blackwell Essay

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Elizabeth Blackwell

	Elizabeth Blackwell was a great woman. She was the first woman to receive a Medical degree in America. She opened an Infirmary for women and children in New York.Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3 1821 in Bristol, England. But was raised differently then most children at this time. See women were treated differently than men. Women were given little education and were not allowed to hold important positions. They were not allowed to be doctors, bankers, or lawyers, and all the money they made had to go to the men in the family. Since women couldn't become Doctors their were few around. Many women would lose their babies because there was no medicine around. This happened to Elizabeth's mom. Her parents wanted a big family but almost every time her mom gave birth she would lose the baby. This made made Elizabeth sad. Elizabeth was determined that when she grew up she would become a doctor, so that she could help babies and children to stay healthy. She was going to study and work hard to reach her goal.


Elizabeth studied very hard. She read every book in her house and was the teacher's best pupil. She never got bored of learning or trying new things; and years later she became a medical student. All the young men teased her in her class, but she learned to deal with it.


For a long time the Blackwell's ran a sugar business. It was very successful, until one day the business started to loose money and they had to move to America; and there she would be able to go to a better school. So, on August 1832 they left to America on a ship. The trip was very hard for them it was like a nightmare. More than 200 people were crowded aboard the ship, and most of them brought cattle, rat-infested blackness below the deck of the ship. Even first-class passengers like the Blackwell's were miserable. There were outbreaks...

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