Timeline Description: Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to earn a medical degree and become a doctor. She made a huge step for women around the world, and this is a timeline of her life.
|February 3, 1821||Elizabeth Blackwell is born
Elizabeth was born in England to Samuel and Hannah Blackwell.
|1832||The Blackwell family moves to New York
Elizabeth's family moved to New York when she was 11 years old.
|1839||Elizabeth becomes a teacher
Elizabeth became a teacher so that she could earn money. She wanted to go to medical school.
|1845||Elizabeth takes her education into her own hands
When Elizabeth tried to enter medical school, no one would take her because she was a woman. She moved to North Carolina where she studied under a local doctor.
|1847||Geneva College says yes and Elizabeth moves again
Geneva College in New York finally agreed to accept Elizabeth as a student. She moved to New York right away.
|1848||A pioneer for women
Elizabeth was called a pioneer for women. This was because of her determination to be a doctor.
|1849||Elizabeth graduates from medical school
Elizabeth became the first woman to graduate from medical school. No hospital would hire her, though, so she moved to Paris to practice medicine there.
|1857||Elizabeth opens her own practice
Elizabeth returned to New York but still no one would hire her. She decided to open her own practice for women and children.
|1861||The Civil War begins
During the Civil War, Elizabeth trained many women to work as nurses for the wounded soldiers. President Lincoln praised the work of the women during the war.
|1868||Elizabeth opens her own college
Elizabeth earned a good reputation during the war, and she was finally accepted among the people. She opened her own college to train women in the medical field.
|1869||Elizabeth expands her practice
Elizabeth traveled with Florence Nightingale to England, where she opened up another college for women. She was the first woman on the medical register in England.
|1871||Elizabeth Blackwell the published author
Elizabeth wrote a book called The Religion of Health. She talked about cleanliness and being healthy.
|1875||Furthering her education and moving up
Elizabeth worked hard and became a professor of gynecology at the London School of Medicine.
|1907||Elizabeth retires from practicing medicine
Elizabeth retired from teaching and practicing medicine when she had an accident that put her in bad health.
|1910||Elizabeth Blackwell dies
Elizabeth died at the age of 89 in England. She faced a lot of trials and tribulations in order to fulfill her dreams. But she never gave up, and she will always be remembered as a pioneer of women.