Elizabeth Blackwell was a pioneer in the medical field. As the first American woman to receive a medical degree as well as a strong supporter of education for women, Blackwell was able to overcome the hurdles of her time in order to pursue her dreams.
Born in England in 1821, Elizabeth was the third of nine children. Her family moved to the United States in the 1830s. Unfortunately, the next few years were full of tragedy. After her father’s business burned down, the family struggled to bring in money. When her father died suddenly in 1838, Elizabeth was forced to find ways to help support the family and pay off her father’s debt. In searching for a job, she realized that the only profession open to women was teaching – a profession that, at the time, was typically viewed only as a gateway to marriage.
She refused to accept that.
It wasn’t until Elizabeth met …